Boeing B-47 Stratojet
  The B-47 Stratojet was one of the most important airplanes every built.  Its radical new design featured swept back wings and engines hung by pylons from the wings.  Boeing used the same design for the enormous B-52 Stratofortress.  Both were very successful. Boeing then used its knowledge and experience to build a radically new different commercial jet airliner, the 707.  It was enormously successful and provided the basic design for every airliner that followed.  
    The B-47 was the first first true modern bomber to fill the ranks of General Curtiss Lemay's new Strategic Air Command. With long range, high altitude capabilities, the "Stratojet" became the backbone of SAC in the early 1950s.  As fast as many early jet fighters, with sophisticated defenses and an operational altitude of up to 40,000 feet, the B-47 was a strong deterrent in the early days of the nuclear standoff.
    The Air Force accepted a grand total of 2,041 B-47s, which included bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, combat crew trainer, and drones, and others.  Delivery of the last B-47E coincided with the beginning of the aircraft phase out.  Both occurred in 1957, shortly after the 93rd Bomb Wing started exchanging its B-47s for more modern B-52s. In 1958, SAC reached its peak strength of Stratojets: 1,367 B-47 bombers were assigned to the 30 bomb wings (medium).  Each wing had four squadrons of 15 aircraft.  There were also 265 RB-47 reconnaissance plane.  There was also a Combat Crew Training Wing and four Support Squadrons/Post-Attack Command and Control Squadrons which also flew a special electronics EB--47s. On  December 29, 1967, SAC's last B-47, exactly 20 years after the initial flight of the experimental B-47.

Boeing B-47E Stratojet.
From our Premier Series. 1/84th scale.  17" wingspan x 15.75" long.
  No. AFB2D-PR.  Only $174.95
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
From our Deluxe Series.  1/100th scale.  14.85" wingspan x 13" long.
  No. AFB2D-DX.  Only $119.95 


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