Boeing B-47E 'Stratojet'


  Base model:B-47
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber

  Length: 107' 1" 32.6 m
  Height:28' 8.5 m
  Wingspan: 116' 35.3 m
  Gross Weight: 225,999 lb102,494 kg
  Max Weight: 226,000 lb102,494 kg

  No. of Engines: 6
  Powerplant: General Electric J47-GE
  Thrust (each): 7,200 lb 3,265 kg

  Range: 3,500 miles 5,636 km
  Cruise Speed: 560 mph 901 km/h 487 kt
  Max Speed: 610 mph 982 km/h 530 kt
  Ceiling: 39,300 ft 11,978 m

Known serial numbers
51-2357 / 51-2411, 51-2412 / 51-2445, 51-5214 / 51-5234, 51-5235 / 51-5257, 51-7019 / 51-7050, 51-7051 / 51-7064 , 51-7065 / 51-7083 , 51-15804 / 51-15810 , 51-15811 / 51-15812 , 52-0019 / 52-0028 , 52-029 / 52-041 , 52-042 / 52-058 , 52-059 / 52-081 , 52-082 / 52-111 , 52-112 / 52-120 , 52-146 / 52-176 , 52-177 / 52-201 , 52-202 / 52-207 , 52-208 / 52-220 , 52-221 / 52-235 , 52-236 / 52-260 , 52-261 / 52-292 , 52-293 / 52-330 , 52-331 / 52-362 , 52-363 / 52-393 , 52-394 / 52-431 , 52-432 / 52-469 , 52-470 / 52-507 , 52-508 / 52-545 , 52-546 / 52-583 , 52-584 / 52-620 , 52-621 / 52-684 , 52-1406 / 52-1417 , 52-3343 / 52-3373 , 53-1819 / 53-1849 , 53-1850 / 53-1880 , 53-1881 / 53-1911 , 53-1912 / 53-1942 , 53-1943 / 53-1972 , 53-1973 / 53-2027 , 53-2028 / 53-2040 , 53-2041 / 53-2089 , 53-2090 / 53-2103 , 53-2104 / 53-2117 , 53-2118 / 53-2131 , 53-2132 / 53-2144 , 53-2145 / 53-2157 , 53-2158 / 53-2170 , 53-2171 / 53-2260 , 53-2261 / 53-2296 , 53-2297 / 53-2331 , 53-2332 / 53-2367 , 53-2368 / 53-2402 , 53-2403 / 53-2417 , 53-4207 / 53-4244 , 53-6193 / 53-6244

Examples of this type may be found at
Castle Air MuseumAtwaterCalifornia
Eighth Air Force MuseumBarksdale AFBLouisiana
Grissom Air Park - Heritage Museum FoundationGrissom AFBIndiana
Little Rock AFBLittle Rock AFBArkansas
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia
McConnell AFBMcConnell AFBKansas
Plattsburgh AFBPlattsburgh AFBNew York
Strategic Air Command MuseumAshlandNebraska
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

B-47E on display

Castle Air Museum

Eighth Air Force Museum

Grissom Air Park - Heritage Museum Foundation

March Field Museum

McConnell AFB

Plattsburgh AFB

Strategic Air Command Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Jack Murphy
 Miramar, FL
Was assigned to the 40th AEMS we had B47E with ecm pods outboard of the fuselage as did the 310th BW also both were part of the 802Air Div at Shilling AFB Kansas. The pods were a pain in the ass every time we loaded weapons we had to get the ECM guys out with come alongs to jack them up so we could swing the bomb doors open and load the bomb.
Was part of the Crews that set up the Clip In configuration system on the 47E advanced. Did both wimgs. Went TDY to Eilsen AFB with the 49th BW and with KC97s froze my a-- off. Started every morning and moved forward 3 feet and they towed them back into position. All aircraft had heaters 24/7. While at Eielsen participated in the SAC Bomb Comp for SAC Reflex in Alaska. Elmendorf won. Came back to Schilling and transferred to the 310th as the 40th went PCS to Forbes AFB. Assigned to the 36th MMS. Became sqdn Tng NCO we added AGM65F Atlas Missles to our area of responsibility. Went tdy to Akron Municipal Airport with 8 loaded 47Es ground alert. Cuban missle Crissis. Went pcs to RAF Station Lakenheath in 1963 at schilling from 1960 to 1963.
Best NCOIC I ever worked for was Benjamin cardoza of California Live long Ben your student is very happy..................Jack
08/21/2008 @ 21:11 [ref: 22521]
 Frank McDonald
 , TX
The B-47 of my "youth" was the "A" and "TB" models, both at Wichita, Kansas and at Amarillo Air patch, in the 50's. Our Amarillo school had a '49 "A" model and four '50 Model "TB's": 50-011, 50-012, 50-023, and 50-039. 50-012 was reclaimed there on base, flown to the Factory (on a Red X status) in Wichita, and turned into an "E" mode. 50-023 had, as some point in it's life had landed on a slick runway, deployed the chute, it bounced along the runway (frozen), and came to stop just a little beyond the ditch at the end of the runway. Consequently, it had an "E" model nose, from the front wall of the bomb bay forward, which sort of complicated ordering parts. It also had J-47-23 engines and nacelles, whereas the older ones had -11's and -13's. Just prior to the closing of Amarillo, 50-039 was also flown out, destination unknown.

Mr. Mac
06/02/2008 @ 15:27 [ref: 21088]
 jerrold malone
 tucson, AZ
My last sight of a Flying B-47 was at Torrejon AB,Spain,in 1972.It was one of the Navy/GE birds,with a Skull & Crossbones emblem on the tail.As an A1C Security Policeman "humping" the flightline,it sure was an awesome sight to see, as I had known USAF B-47s to have been long gone at that time.Big Question:What was it doing in Spain?
02/11/2008 @ 06:21 [ref: 19642]
 Ralph Lawhon, Jr.
 Huntington, WV
I was a mechanic on the B-47 at Mt. Home ID in the 50's. I at the time thought it was the best looking aircraft ever made and I still think it is to day. I am proud to say I was in SAC and worked on this aircraft.
01/20/2008 @ 10:45 [ref: 19372]
 Herb Phelan
 Seattle, WA
B17E 51-7066 is not listed. This B47 was flown in to Boeing Field in Seattle several years ago. It was in the weather recornnaissance configuration and is on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight
12/14/2007 @ 13:23 [ref: 18915]
 Bob Burchardt
 Stillwater, OK
I was a navigator/flight systems engineer on 52-410 and 52-412 which were owned by the Navy and flown by crews from Douglas-Tulsa. We were an ECM group. We operated as far west as Hickam and as far east as Crete. We traveld an average of 180 days per year. We also conducted R&D but mostly we were used for fleet readiness. I enjoyed mt time in the planes and to this day I think that they were one of the very best of military aircraft. 412 went to Dyess and the last time I wnet through there I stopped and visited her. She is back in SAC markings now. 410 went to Pease then to was dismantled and taken to North Dakota. At least they were not destroyed. Oklahoma City had a B-447, a B-52, and a C-47 on display at the county fairgrounds but recently removed them for more space. I dodn't know what became of them. It is a damned shame that money means more than war memorials.
12/11/2007 @ 12:48 [ref: 18885]
 James Villa
 Bellville, TX
I was a B-47 crew chief with the 307th at Lincoln AFB, Neb from l962 to January l965. I crewed a number of B-47s which were assigned to the 307th "A" section, "C" flight. I too crewed 4227 which Earl Hill mentioned.

On January 22, l965, A2c Bruce Stufflebeam and I preflighted B-47 53-6244 and launched her to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Oh. She was the last B-47E (see tail number above) that rolled off of the Boeing assemble line at Wichita K.

The 307th's various units spent over 3 weeks preparing 6244 for the museum. When the airplane was delivered to the AFM, she was in mint condition. She was polished so slick that the aircrew said she flew l5 knots faster than she usually flew.

The air crew who delivered 6244 were: AC, Capt. Eugene Hickman, Pilot, Capt. Pete Todd and Nav, Capt. Alfred Ottaviano. A1c James Sine went along as 4th man and crew chief.

6244 was exhihited at the AFM for about five years. She was removed from the museum, served as "Gate Guard" at Wright Patterson and finally given to the fire training school at Wright-Patterson. She was eventually destroyed and salvaged.

To this day, members of the 307th Bomb Wing sutain bad feelings towards the AFM for this disgraceful and shameful destruction of 6244. 2280 replaced 6244 for a period of time and then she was removed from the museum. 2280 never served with a SAC unit, instead the airplane served as a test bed at Wright-Patterson.

2280 was replaced by 4299. 4299 was brought all the way from Salina Kansas and completely restored. She is now on exhibit at AFM.

There have been several versions why 6244 was removed from the AFM. The latest, the airplane's wings drooped to low and would not clear signs and trees when the museum's aircraft were moved to the present AFM location. (only approximately two miles)

Ironic fact: I was involved in launching the last B-47E on its last flight on my last work day at Lincoln AFB. I then cleared the base and returned to civilian life. I learned of the destruction of 6244 in 2002.

There is a monument placed by the B-47 Association in the park adjacent to the AFM with an image of a B-47. The image has the tail number of 6244. This monument was dedicated September 2004 and I attended the dedication. 6244 finally arrived at the AFM.

I invite you to visit my web shot site: http://community.webshots.com/user/rkarsteter

A1c James Villa SAC

12/02/2007 @ 23:12 [ref: 18770]
 John Headrick
 Little Rock, AR
I witnessed the B-47 incident over Little Rock in 1960. There were two very loud explosions. I watched the wingless fuselage that had flames and smoke coming out of its rear flying low in a fishtailing motion. I also saw a crew member parachuting to escape the disaster. The plane flew directly over my childhood home in Cammack Village, which is located far enough north to mean that the explosions probably occurred while the bomber was still north of the Arkansas River.
11/21/2007 @ 21:03 [ref: 18626]
 autaugaville, AL
i worked on the only b47 assigned to the MAC in 1957-58. Ours was outfitted for hurricane research out of homestead afb...it was fantastic 6 months. My home base was McConnell afb when it was a combat crew training base. at that time MAC had no jets, so they had no jet experienced mechs. SAC wouldn't release a crew so we in the ATC did it
08/26/2007 @ 08:39 [ref: 17761]
 joe sturguess
 marceline, MO
I have always been of the opion that the B-47 E was the best looking bomber ever built and the eaiest one too work on. Also i would like too find Curtis R. Avery I was stationed with him at Peace A F B Portsmouth New Hampshisre 1956
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