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Boeing WB-47E Stratojet

The Museum's Boeing WB-47E Stratojet landing at Boeing Field
Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company
Model: WB-47E Stratojet
Year: 1951
Span: 35.36m / 116ft
Length: 32.92m / 108ft
Height: 8.53m / 28ft
Wing Area: 132.66m² / 1,428ft²
Empty Weight: 36630.9kg / 80,756lbs
Gross Weight: 93759.1kg / 206,700lbs
Maximum Speed: 975.05km/h
Cruise Speed: 896.21km/h / 557mph
Power Plant: Six General Electric J47-GE-25, 7,200 lb. thrust each
Range: 6492.31km / 4,035miles
Serial Number: 51-7066
On Loan From: National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida



Boeing WB-47E Stratojet

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.