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Convair B-36 Peacemaker 42-13571

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CONVAIR B-36 PEACEMAKER



The Convair B-36 was conceived in 1941, right as the U.S. was preparing for and entering the second World War. Dubbed “The Peacemaker”, the huge strategic bomber had the longest wingspan of any combat plane built and was the largest mass produced piston-engined plane. Although it was capable of intercontinental flight and delivering nuclear weapons, it was never used in combat. Very few remain today, including one, 42-13571, which was added to the Walter Soplata Collection in August 1972 and is now a part of the PlaneTags fleet.

History

Developed for a Dark Future which Would Never Come to Pass 


Built from 1949 to 1959 as an ultra long range intercontinental bomber designed to penetrate deep into enemy territory without a fighter escort and without refueling.

One of the 5 saved from the scrap yard, our B-36 Peacemaker, Serial # 42-13571 was the first to be converted to the bubble canopy. 
Originally designed for Britain’s potential fall under the German “Blitz”, a new class of bomber that could bomb Berlin and return home in one flight. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the B-36 was put into full production for its ability to reach Tokyo from Hawaii.

The simple threat of the B-36’s range was thought to have been one of the best protectors of our shores during the Cold War. Although built for aggressive, long range bombing, the B-36 was never used in combat – it never went to war, it never dropped a bomb in anger, and it was never reported as firing its cannon at an enemy airplane. During the years the B-36 was in service, the airplane was one of America's major deterrents to aggression by a potential enemy, earning it the name of Peacekeeper.

Specs

  • Length: 162 ft 1 in
  • Height: 46 ft 9 in
  • Weight: 410,000 lb loaded
  • Max Wing Thickness: 7.5 ft
  • Top Speed: 435 mph
  • Cruising Speed: 230 mph
  • Range: 10,000 mi Service
  • Ceiling: 45,700 ft+
  • Max Flight Time: 40 Hours
  • Max Payload: 87,200 lb
  • Armament: 16 M24 20mm cannon in 8 turrets, 86,000 lb of conventional or nuclear
  • Number Built: 384
  • Crew Count: 15
  • Original Cost: $3,701,000

Our planes story


Although never part of the fight abroad, the B-36 was centerstage during the bitter Revolt of the Admirals, pitting the Navy’s aircraft carriers against the Air Force’s strategic land-based bombing force. 

The B-36 starred in 1955’s Hollywood epic, Strategic Air Command, alongside Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson. The B-36 was on display in the 50s and 60s at the former site of the Air Force Museum, but was slated to be scrapped when the cost of moving it to the new museum location was too high.  

One of the 5 saved from the scrap yard, our B-36 Peacemaker, Serial # 42-13571 was the first prototype to be covered to the bubble canopy used on production B-36s.

SOPLATA COLLECTION PLANE TAG


It was cut up at the museum, and the pieces were saved by Walter Soplata who bought and transported the pieces by truck to his farm in Newbury, Ohio, where it remained until today.  

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.

Disclaimer

- 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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02/03/2021
Craig H.
United States United States
B-36 Peacemaker Planetag

I never imagined that I would one day own a small piece of a YB-36/RB-36E Peacemaker, much less one that was saved by the legendary Walter Soplata. Thanks, MotoArt staff for making this possible. You also have great service and prompt shipping. My PlaneTags always arrive in excellent condition.

RE
02/03/2021
Robin E.
United States United States
A little bit of History

I do not use them I display the tags along with a diecast model.

JS
02/01/2021
Justin S.
United States United States
Awesome piece of history!

As a fan of the Peacemaker, I had wanted one of these for some time. An added bonus was the fact that the B-36 piece for sale came from the Soplata Collection. Purchasing was easy, delivery was quick and the piece was exactly as promised. The only drawback is I wish the folks at MotorArt would give you a better idea of where on the plane the piece(s) come from. And that is my biggest issue...which should tell you how happy I am. Enjoy!

SY
10/02/2020
Scott Y.
United States United States
Great item!

Was a gift for my father who had seen a squadron of B36s fly over my grandfather's farm when he was a kid. He loves owning a piece of one of them and a piece of history!

DP
09/06/2020
David P.
United States United States
Love It

Too good to Use

JA
08/25/2020
John A.
United States United States
A chance of a lifetime...

The B-36 Peacemaker is my favorite aircraft of all time. I've had a fascination with it ever since my childhood, when my late father told me his story of seeing one over Old Town, Maine when he himself was a boy. Never in a million years did I think that one day I might be able to own a piece of one, especially considering how few of them there are remaining. I was glad to hear of the Moto Art crew's acquisition of the Soplata collection's Peacemaker and subsequent Planetag availability. My Peacemaker Planetag is something I will cherish for a very, very long time and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to snag one.

GH
07/13/2020
GLENN H.
United States United States
B-36 Plane and PURCHASE OF B-52 SPINNER COFFEE TABLE

I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH BOTH PURCHAES!!!

TM
03/01/2020
Troy M.
United States United States
B-36 plane tag

I am very happy with the way the tag looks. I want to thank you for your company preserving aircraft like this.

DN
02/03/2020
Dennis N.
United States United States
best gift ever

It was a gift for airplane enthusiast. it was extremely well received

BT
02/03/2020
Brandi T.
United States United States
Never disappoints

I have ordered many of these and they never disappoint! They are very well done and they are great! Each one is different and I love that.

BN
02/02/2020
Brian N.
Canada Canada
Shipping SNAFU - no assistance

I don't know what PlaneTags did with shipping, but they managed to send my order all over North America without actually arriving. This includes a trip *through* my home city on its way back to the west coast again. It's been like this for weeks. Nobody at PlaneTags offered to help or fix anything. I assume the product is fine, but have no way of knowing.

BL
01/20/2020
Brighton L.
Canada Canada
Nothing Gloomy About This Bit of Aluminum Overcast

Nice bit of history, great tag. Shipped quick, and reasonably priced. Tucked between comfortably a Blackbird and a Stratofortress.

MJ
01/03/2020
Michael J.
United States United States
Peacemaker

This is one of THE coolest things I have ever purchased! I love it. I have a piece of aviation history that I will cherish forever.

CK
12/11/2019
Charles K.
United States United States
A piece of history

The B-36 was always one of my favorite planes. My grandfather flew them for a short time before transitioning into B-47s then B-58s.

JE
12/05/2019
James E.
United States United States
B36

Wow what a find very honored to add this gem to my collection thank you

GB
12/04/2019
Gina B.
United States United States
B36 plane tag

Excellent service and great collectible tag!

AN
12/04/2019
Alexander N.
United States United States
Fantastic

Great Plane Tag for a Great Airplane!

JB
11/04/2019
Jon B.
United States United States
A very unique tag

My tag on one side has the engraving. The other has lettering from the aircraft labeling. The makes my tag unlike any other. Love it.

DB
11/03/2019
Dario B.
Austria Austria
Great, as always!

Very cool and full of history PlaneTag, you can proper see this on it Delivery (to Europe) was quick. Always my top choice.

AC
11/03/2019
Adam C.
United States United States
Great for Aviation friends

Always great to pick these up. Love the vintage planes the most.

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