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B-36 Peacemaker Gunnery Manual 1954 No 50-30

US Air Force

B-36 Peacemaker Gunnery Manual 1954 No 50-30

Not for Sale

This artifact resides in our Private Collection, yet we welcome inquiries from restorers, museums, or serious enthusiasts. Please email us with the name of the artifact at

This is an original Cold-War-era Gunnery Manual for the USAF's strategic bomber Boeing B-36 and RB-36 Peacemaker, SAC Manual 50-30, published by the USAF Strategic Air Command in 1954.  The B-36 was is the largest mass produced piston-engine aircraft ever built (although it had 4 jet engines in addition to its 6 rear-facing piston engines).

This 298-page, 8.5 x 11 inch manual covers all of the essential information for a gunnery crew of the B-36, including the turret system, gun-laying radar, guns, ammunition, and bombing equipment.  Although the B-36 gun crew never fired their weapons in combat during its years in operation, they needed to know the contents of this manual.

Other than a 2 inch tear in its front cover, the manual is in very good condition given its age.  A real find indeed.

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