The sign accompanying the B-47B. It reads
Nuclear bomber was backbone of U.S. Cold War defense
With its jet propulsion, swept wings, in-flight refueling, and ejection seats,
the B-47 represented a quantum leap over WWII bombers of less than 5 years
before. In its early years, the B-47 set speed records and could outrun enemy
By 1957, well over a thousand B-47s stood ready to deliver their nuclear bombs
to the Soviet Union. Such awesome strategic power was certainly a key
deterrent to attacks on the U.S. Other B-47 models flew reconnaissance and
The B-47 was America's last mass-produced bomber. Though retired since the
early 1970s, B-47s live on in the design foundation they provided for today's
venerable B-52 bombers and KC-135
B-47 Points of Interest
Based on captured German wing designs, the B-47 was the world's first
The tail gun was remotely controlled by the co-pilot.
Wings flex upward as much as 17 feet at the wingtip during flight.
The bomb bay is located between the landing gear.
This Particular B-47B
Has white belly paint to help deflect the blast from its nuclear bomb.
Was stationed here at Bunker Hill AFB until a hard landing "broke its back"
and forced its retirement.
||(6) GE J47 turbojet engines with 5,8000 lbs thrust each
||(2) .50 cal machine guns in tail; 18,000 lbs of nuclear or
||184,900 lbs loaded
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air
B-47B Stratojet #51-2315