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Boeing B-52 Lucky Lady III - PLANETAG TAIL #53-394



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Around the world in 45 Hours & 19 Minutes
The first jet to circle the globe

Our Boeing B-52, tail #53-394, was known as Lucky Lady III. As lead Stratofortress of Operation Power Flite, the USAF Strategic Air Command's eight-engine jet bomber departed California's Castle Air Force Base in January of 1957, becoming the first jet engine to circle the globe nonstop via in-flight refueling.

The momentous 24,325 mile trip was completed in 45 hours, 19 minutes after landing at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California. The flight around the globe won not only the 1957 Mackay Trophy, but also landed Lucky Lady III on the prized cover of Life magazine.



Later renamed “City of El Paso”, this B-52 was retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Saved from the scrap heap by Walter Soplata in 1984, the PlaneTags team pulled her out of his forest collection, saving the aircraft for historical preservation and bringing to you as limited edition PlaneTags. Claim a piece of Lucky Lady III for your collection before she's gone.


B-52 Lucky Lady III



  • Manufacturer: Boeing
  • B-52B-35BO Construction Number (C/N): 16873
  • Serial #: 53-394
  • Crew: 5
  • Length: 48.5 m
  • Wing Span: 56.4 m
  • Height: 12.4 m
  • Max Speed: 1,047 km/h
  • Cruising Speed: 844 km/h
  • Combat Range: 7,210 km
  • Service Ceiling: 15,000 m
  • Bombs: 31,500 kg
  • Engines: 8 x Pratt & Whitney JT3D


Handmade Aviation Tags

PlaneTags are: 

  • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
  • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
  • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
  • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

- Please Note: Due to limited quantities, combination colors you may receive will vary.

*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    Sarah C.

    A true classic

    I was so happy to be able to secure a piece of this amazing aircraft.

    Jeff S.
    United States United States

    History Lost

    Lucky Lady III / City of El Paso had been on display outside of the Air Force Museum for as long as I can remember. On one trip to the museum it was parked over by the annex buildings. My two friends and I drove over, back when you could do that, and checked it out. Most of the hatches had been removed, so naturally we took the opportunity to climb up inside. The control columns and thrust levers had been cutoff at their base. A guard rousted us out of the plane saying we were all going to get histoplasmosis. We asked him what was going on with the plane. He said it was being scrapped. We were in shock. We took pictures of us standing in front of the doomed plane. The next trip to the museum, to go to the research room, the B-52 had been chopped up and the pieces were laying on the ramp where the once proud plane had stood. The folks in the research room said it would lay like that for several months so the satellites could get pictures proving it’s destruction for treaty purposes. That was the last time I saw the plane. It is my honor to have a little piece of history that reminds me of those trips to the museum. I bought three tags, one each for the three of us that crawled around in that plane forty years ago. None of us ever got histoplasmosis.

    Anthony S.
    United States United States

    Grey B52

    I managed to get a grey B52 and love it. Can't believe that I now own one of the most famous military jets of the last century.

    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Great tag

    I buy tags of aircraft that I have a connection to mainly. The B52 did a rare fly pass at a local UK air show a few years. It was the highlight of the show and arguably the best fly pass of the show’s history. The tag is a dark forest green and looks stunning. The backing art is by far my favourite of any tag that I have seen released my any manufacturer of any tag.

    United States United States

    Military green

    My first B52 tag. Wish it were the original B52 release but still happy to own a part of an iconic bomber

    United States United States

    Patina B52

    Got a patina B52 tag from Lucky Lady 3. Just think this plane once flew around the world

    Sam J.
    United States United States

    Awesome Tag to Give as a Gift

    It's nearly impossible to find something cool to give my Father-In-Law for his birthday. He's always been interested in Aviation. He lives near the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York. Their used to be B-52's that operated out of that base. It was great to give him a piece of an airplane that may have once been there. Thanks for providing an awesome gift for my Father-In-Law!!!

    Joshua P.

    Solid Tag

    Theese tags are a good price for a plane with a significant amount of history to them. Great job on getting these planetags!

    Enrique P.
    El Salvador El Salvador

    The magnificent B-52

    One of my favorite military aircraft with a great history under its wings.

    Australia Australia

    I love the smell of Carpet Bombing in the morning

    Got this tag for my old man who grew up in the Vietnam War era. This brought back so many memories where these big ladies would dominate the air during Operation Linebacker and others. The aircraft is just an unforgettable piece of history, which is still incredibly flying today. Respect!

    Yuri G.
    United States United States


    LUCKY LADY III // "City of El Paso" BOEING B-52 #1724 of 5,500 S/N 532-394 I sat my butt on one during an Air-Show in Camarillo, CA and that's a good reason to get this tag. Soft and clean light green surface. Beautiful tag of an aircraft with a exciting career.

    Isaac H.
    United States United States

    BUFF (Greens)

    Another classic tag with some unique history and a must have for anyone.

    United States United States

    Beautiful piece of history

    Beautiful tag with an awesome patina

    N D.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Amazing Tag - Got The Best Patina

    Amazing Tag - Got The Best Patina, lovely finish

    United States United States

    Boeing B-52 Lucky Lady III

    Love this tag. It's amazing to own such an amazing piece of history. I've always loved the B-52 and had to have this tag. I proudly carry it on my backpack and love showing it off. My tag is really light green and silver on the back as the picture shows. I think the green the interior of the skin because the B-52 Lucky Lady III was silver on the outside, not green like the B-52s of today. Still a great item though.

    United States United States


    Amazing piece of history, having this icon of the skys with you everyd

    Luca M.
    Italy Italy

    Amazing piece!

    It was truly amazing, as I received a piece with a few stamped numbers on it! This plane always amazed me since I was a child, thank you!

    Jesus L.
    United States United States

    love having a piece of history. Spent many a night guarding these quiet sentinels. Peace is our Profession

    Paul T.
    United States United States

    couldn't resist

    Purchased previously as a gift to an uncle who flew B-52, grabbed one for myself once available again. Have quite the collection going.

    Lawrence B.
    United States United States

    Boeing B-52 from Dr. Strangelove

    I was inspired to make this purchase as this plane is the star of one of my favorite movies, "Dr. Strangelove - Or How I Learned to Love the Bomb."