The B-47 Stratojet Was The Backbone Of Strategic Air Command.

by Daniel Russ on June 10, 2014

 

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We built 2032 of them. They served as the backbone of the Strategic Air Command, and had World War III ever really broken out, this plane would be the very tip of the spear of US military presence. They were one pillar of the Nuclear Triad. The 37 degree swept wing and under wing engine pods characteristic of Boeing civilian aircraft were introduced in this warplane. The first plans for the Stratojet called for straight wings. It wasn’t until captured German documents were studied that they changed the configuration to reduce drag. This plane served from 1951 to 1977 were in ts final days it as used as  flight testbed.

The B-47 carried 20,000 pounds of bombs and most of them were armed with nukes.

The 28 wings of B-47 bombers and five wings of RB-47 reconnaissance aircraft were the first line of attack or defense in case of an actual Cold War. If you ever get a chance to see the original movie Fail Safe, there is terrific footage of this plane flown by the protagonist.  There were almost 50 versions of this aircraft as it was widely used for testing the exploding numbers of new flight technologies. The B-47 was a great morale booster for bomber crews. This was the first bomber we created that handled like a jet fighter.

The B-47 was 107 feet long with a 116-foot wingspan. It could climb and operate at 30,000 feet and flew over 600 miles per hour. Aside from nuclear bombs, it had twin 20mm rear facing radar operated machine guns.

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