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Boeing WB-47E Stratojet

Aircraft Info Group

Description
Manufacturer: 
Boeing Aircraft Company
Model: 
WB-47E Stratojet
Year: 
1951
Gallery: 
East Lawn
On Loan From: 
National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida
Location (field): 
East Lawn
Viewable: 
Yes

The B-47 Stratojet remains one of the most important aircraft ever designed by The Boeing Company. More than fifty years ago, the B-47 emerged as the world's first large multi-engine swept-wing airplane -- a design configuration that became the standard for all modern jetliners. In addition to its 35-degree swept wings, the B-47 featured pod-mounted engines and "bicycle" landing gear, which marked a daring departure from existing aircraft designs. In all, 2,042 B-47s were produced by Boeing, Lockheed, and Douglas.

During the Cold War in the 1950s, the B-47 became the backbone of the Strategic Air Command's medium bomber fleet. Aside from its lasting contribution to aircraft design, the B-47 will be remembered as a primary deterrent to nuclear war at a time when that possibility was most threatening.

After serving with SAC from 1953 to 1963, the Museum's Stratojet was redesignated as a WB-47 and flew weather reconnaissance missions with the U.S. Navy into the 1970s.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.