The B-47: "A Revolution in Aviation"
Time: Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The U.S. Air Force's first strategic jet bomber was the cornerstone of America's nuclear deterrent force before the B-52 was built, and pioneered many of the innovations that are still seen in modern jet aircraft, including swept wings and engines mounted on pylons below the wing. December 17 marks the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the XB-47 from Boeing Field. Join us for a panel of men who were involved with the design and operation of this revolutionary airplane. The panel includes Ken Holtby, a senior vice president at Boeing who was involved in the development of many of the company's jet aircraft, John K. (Jack) Wimpress, aerodynamicist for the B-47 project, Brig. Gen. Guy Townsend, the first military pilot to fly the B-47 and Richard Taylor, the Boeing test pilot who came up with the toss-bombing technique for the plane. They will be available for autographs after the program. Program is Free with Museum Admission.