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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.

 

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- 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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    YX
    04/18/2024
    Ye X.
    Singapore Singapore

    Beautiful Tag

    Really beautiful tag from a somewhat less heard-of bomber. Currently hanging on my office wall as deco

    AS
    02/29/2024
    Anthony S.
    United States United States

    The B-36 is so cool

    I can't believe that this specific B-36 has such a rich history. The engine configuration and the stamps on the tag show that it's been significantly used in the previous decades. Great shipping and love the work put into this aircraft.

    L
    02/29/2024
    Lewis
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    So much character

    Tag is full of corrosion- and it looks amazing. One of my favourite tags in my collection and one of the best I have seen.

    AE
    02/26/2024
    Anthony E.
    United States United States

    Six Turin’ Four Burnin’

    How is this legendary PlaneTag still for sale??? I was born too late to ever hear these engines in person, let alone see this aircraft soar amongst the heavens. I have 7 of these in my collection, and each one has great character, and is truly a work of art. If you never seen one of these planes up close, I would recommend doing so. Even I feel small next to this lumbering aircraft!!!

    CH
    02/25/2024
    Chris H. Brown

    My Convair B-36 plane tag

    This was one of the two plane tags from my first order. Was a great piece to help start of my collection. Was always fascinated by the B-36, such a great looking aircraft. Keep hoping to see one of the for surviving aircraft one day. Feel so privileged that I actually own a piece of a B-36.

    EP
    02/25/2024
    Enrique P.

    History

    It's awesome to own a piece of a historic aircraft. Received my tag with patina on it, it's so beautiful

    JP
    02/24/2024
    Joshua P.

    Great Patinas!

    Another great release by planetags and another awesome soplatta collection tag! These tags do not disappoint and the patina really shines through.

    LP
    02/18/2024
    Logan P.
    United States United States

    Great Piece of History!

    Never got to see one of these fly but I am so grateful to be able to get to own a piece of it! I received a beautiful patina one with red lettering remnants and could not be happier!

    P
    02/17/2024
    Paul
    United States United States

    B-36 tag

    Awesome tag

    PR
    02/15/2024
    Philip R.
    United States United States

    B-36 Peacemaker Featured in the Movie Strategic Air Command starring Jimmie Stewart

    Glad to get this part of history. Iconic of the cold war. Became interested in this airplane after watching the Jimmie Stweart movie Strategic Air Command. The pastor of my church worked on these planes during his time with the Air Force. This Tag however will be given to him as a retirement gift from his pastoring. I am going to ask him to put it in his will to gift it back to me but only if no family member wishes to keep it.

    MZ
    02/13/2024
    Marcus Z.
    Australia Australia

    Historically amazing

    Having any this bomber in my collection was a very easy decision. The story behind this aircraft is incredible, which only compliments the planetag itself. If you haven't gotten yourself this planetag yet, I would snap one up ASAP!

    PC
    02/09/2024
    Paul C.
    United States United States

    The Aluminum Overcast the B-36

    I'm old enough to have actually heard the B-36 fly overhead. It has a very distinctive sound that vibrates as it goes overhead. MA's tags come in a variety of colors, I'm looking at ten right now and no two are the same. The B-36 is a much over looked tag, you should give it a glance you might just like it.

    LM
    02/09/2024
    Luca M.
    Italy Italy

    Cool Tag!

    Very pretty tag, with red green and yellow on it. Engraving is really neat

    LM
    02/09/2024
    Luca M.
    Italy Italy

    Cool Tag!

    Very pretty tag, with red green and yellow on it. Engraving is really neat

    DE
    02/07/2024
    Doyle E.
    United States United States

    A wonderful piece of history

    The B-36 is such a cool plane, and the story of the Soplata collection has always enamored me. The fact that I can now own a piece of such a significant plane is mind-blowing, which is why this was my very first PlaneTag.

    M
    02/07/2024
    Matthew
    United States United States

    Peacemaker

    Love this B-36 tag. I have it on my car keys, and it goes with me everywhere. The B-36 is my favorite aircraft ever and I love having a piece of it with me. It's a shame that such a wonderful aircraft had to be scrapped.

    A PlaneTags Customer
    DL
    02/06/2024
    Dante L.
    Hong Kong SAR China Hong Kong SAR China

    Airshow - Convair B36 Peacemaker 42-13571

    Super happy to have this tri-color tag. It is amazing!

    JB
    03/08/2023
    jacques b.
    Canada Canada

    B-36 tag

    I love the planetag. Although I’m not sure if I’ll use it as an actual tag, it’s on display with my B-52 tag in my diecast model cabinet. I may get them laser engraved on the rear as it’s prepared for this. As to the service from Planetags goes, I’m impressed. The first B-36 tag I received was almost unreadable and stained on the back. I informed the company and provided photos. Planetags immediately sent me a new tag that was perfect and told me to keep the old one too with an apology. Thank you Planetags.

    CL
    03/01/2023
    Chris L.
    Canada Canada

    Good stuff

    Overall I love this tag. My only bit of feedback would be that I wish the design that's etched on was easier to see (I also purchased a P2 Neptune tag and it is much more vibrant) that being said I'm very happy with my purchase.

    JR
    10/09/2022
    John R.
    United States United States

    B-36 Plane Tag

    Nothing remarkable about this tag except coming from a B-36, so I assume it is "magnesium" rather than aluminum. If so, this makes it unique indeed. Still, this tag rates three stars when compared to other tags in my small collection.

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