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  1. I've got a few days to kill in LA. We found the Planes of fame museum in Chino is somewhat open - hangar doors open but you can only go so far in before encountering a barrier. Nonetheless, it was better than sitting in a hotel room. Since this site is about all things IHC I noticed an old truck attached to a trailer towing what looked like a B29 fuselage. Well it turned out to be a B50 post war fuselage with an interesting story: It was the first non-stop circumnavigation of the globe aircraft. It was aerial refueled by a unique method of a grapple and hose and took nearly four days flown by three crews in four hour shifts. Average speed was less than 250 MPH. Sometime after that mission it was belly landed allegedly due to fuel mismanagement so was set on a trailer and used as a recruiting tool in the early '50s. It's been in the museum lot for years. The small picture below is from 18 years ago and it's accumulated lots of dirt since then. There's plenty to see even though restricted to mostly outside viewing. We were among the few visiting during the week and during the pandemic so the docents were happy to have a couple of older pilots to talk with. EDIT: the tanker is a B29 type. Note the taller tail and bigger R4360 engines on the B50.
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