The B-47 Stratojet was a strategic bomber in service with the US Air Force between 1951 and 1969. It was developed and manufactured by Boeing Aircraft Company, performing its first flight as a prototype in 1947. The Stratojet was the first long range, jet-powered bomber used by the United States, constituting the backbone of America’s nuclear deterrence in the Cold War scenario for more than a decade. Despite of being massively produced, with more than 2,000 Stratojets built, it would slowly be replaced by the B-52 Stratofortress.

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The B-47 was a shoulder wing aircraft, powered by six General Electric JE-47-GE-25 turbojet engines, which generated 7,200 pound-force each. It had an elevated cockpit, covered by a fighter-style bubble canopy, with the pilot and copilot sitting in tadem, while the navigator compartment was set in the nose of the aircraft. The Stratojet also featured 35ยบ swept wings, which made of it the first US long range bomber in service to have such wings. The B-47E version boasted an AN/APS-64 radar, which had range of 400 km, and four AN/ALT-6B jammers.

Specifications

Type: subsonic, long range bomber

Wingspan: 116 ft (35.37 m)

Length: 107 ft 1 in (32.65 m)

Height: 28 ft (8.54 m)

Wing area: 1428 ft2 (132.7 m2)

Maximum speed: 607 mph (977 km/h)

Bombload: 25,000 lb (11,000 kg), which included 4 nuclear bombs

Crew: 3

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