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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

B-50 Superfortress

Lenth/span (feet) 99.0/141.2
Wing area (square feet) 1,720
Weights (pounds) Empty - 84,714
Combat - 121,850
Maximum takeoff, normal - 158,250 (limited by performance)
Maximum takeoff, overload - 173,000 (limited by strength)
Engine (4) Pratt & Whitney R-4360-35
General Electric CH-7-B1 (The Air Force added jet engines to some B-50s)
Takeoff ground run (feet) Sea level - 5,940
Over 50-ft obstacle - 7,425
Rate of climb (feet per minute) Sea level - 620
Combat rate (Maximum power) - 2,200
Service ceiling (feet) 24,000 (100 feet per minute climb)
36,900 at combat weight (100 feet per minute climb)
35,650 - combat ceiling (500 feet per minute climb)
Speed (knots)
212 (average)
343/30,000 (knots/feet - maximum speed, optimum altitude, maximum power)
337/25,000 (knots/feet - basic speed at altitude, maximum power)
Combat radius (nautical miles) 2,082
Total mission time (hours) 19.53
Armament (13) .50-caliber machine guns
Maximum load (pounds) 28,000 (bombs)
Crew Pilot
Radio-electronic countermeasures operator
Left-side gunner
Right-side gunner
Top gunner
Tail gunner

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