97th Bomb Wing
The B-29s were replaced by
B-50s in the early 1950s. 48-095 (left)"City
carries the "Flaming Spear" emblem, but the Triangle "O"
has been removed from the tail. Most of the 97th's
B-50s carried the name of a city on the nose.
The photo also appears to have been taken at an open
City of San Fernando
(48-067) parked on the ramp at Biggs.
Aircraft 48-110, the City
of Independence. The number four
engine is running which would indicate that the
conversation must have been operations related.
48-101, possibly at the same airshow as above. The
craft is named City of
Detroit. The fuselage of B-50A Lucky
Lady II is in the right background,
second picture. I have no idea where the two photos
were taken, but the building in the background is fairly
One very frustrating thing in looking at photos is a
partial shot of an airplane. The RB-50G (47-157)
parked behind the 97th PMS shack is a case in point.
The airplane has a black belly and tail, but the question
I have is: "Is the 97th BW patch carried on the
nose? Does it have the standard lettering on the
fuselage and wings?" (USAF)
This panel is taken from a yearbook on the 810th Air
Division published in 1954 and shows various maintenance
functions performed on B-50s. (USAF)
The KC-97 was an integral part of B-50 and B-47
operations. SAC's long range mission would have been
severally hampered without that resource. Here a
KC-97 crew stands formation in front of their mission
aircraft. (I have lost track of who sent me this
photos. Please accept my apologies as I wish to give
credit to the individual who provided it.)
A ceremony to
dedicate the arrival of the 97th's first B-47Es; The City of El Paso and
the The State of Texas.
In the background can be seen C-124s of the 1st SSS.
Maj. Robert E. Hinnant
looking up at his aircraft, the City of Ridgeway
a B-50D, 48-119. She was named after Ridgeway,
South Carolina by Maj. Hinnant. Rob Hinnant
provided this background to his father's airplane. "As you
may know, there were certain requirements dealing with
the city's actual size. Well, Dad was able to
"embellish" the virtues of Ridgeway. After the
plane was painted, some "knucklehead" went and looked it
up. He proceeded to add the city's population next
to the name, "Pop. 408." ("Salute!!")
bottom photo is of the crew during the 1952 SAC
Bombing and Navigation Competition at MacDill AFB.
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