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Boeing XB-50 (Redesign Project)

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Gentlemen, buried in a folder on the redesignation of the B-29D/XB-44/B-50 I found this handwritten note in NARA II:

AC/AS-3 is now pondering over this. Regardless of the Reg., Mr Lovett told Gen Powers that a new designation should appear in the J.X. Program to show that we are not building the same old B-29's.

We tried to call it a B-29D.

B-44 designation was OK by Mr Lovett but Boeing wants to call it B-50 which had previously been allocated them on a redesign project which was later cancelled.


It appears the "B-50" designation for the R-4360 powered B-29 was recycled from a earlier Boeing project.....
 

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