B-47 Refueling Receptacle

The Air Force was disappointed with the combat radius of the early B-47s (1,708 nautical miles). Various changes in later versions of the bomber increased that to 2,050 nautical miles, but it was still a far cry from the 3,465 nautical mile combat radius of the latest B-36s. From the beginning of the B-47 program, the Strategic Air Command recognized the necessity of developing in-flight refueling for the bomber.

All but the earliest operational B-47s were equipped with single-point refueling receptacle, with ground fueling and aerial refueling using a single opening. This receptacle was located on the starboard side of the nose, behind a door which swung open in flight:

B-47 refueling receptacle

Click image for additional information about this image in a new window at Jet Pilot Overseas' Refuelling SAC B-47s, 1953 page.

Here's a screen capture showing a KC-97 as it prepares to refuel a B-47, the former's boom almost in position to initiate fuel transfer:

B-47 refueling receptacle

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Screen capture from the B-47 refueling from KC-97G YouTube video.
Capture and post-processing by heroicrelics.