STRATOJET
STRATOJET

Manufacturer

BOEING

Markings:

376th Bombardment Wing, Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, 1964

Designation:

EB-47E

Serial Number:

53-2135

BOEING EB-47E STRATOJET

The U.S. Army Air Forces issued its first requirement for a jet bomber in 1943. However, it was not until after the war, when German research on high-speed aircraft became available that the design of the B-47 was finalized. The B-47 became the first all jet bomber produced anywhere in the world. Over two thousand Stratojets were built between 1947 and 1957. During the early 1960s a number of B-47E models were converted for use as electronic intelligence gathering aircraft. Additional antennas were mounted on the aircraft and a "capsule" was installed in the aircraft's bomb bay that carried additional equipment to monitor radar and radio signals as well as two additional crew members.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 116 ft
  • Length: 109 ft 10 in
  • Height: 27 ft 11 in
  • Weight: 206,700 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 606 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 40,500 ft
  • Range: 4,000 miles
  • Engines: 6 General Electric J47-GE-25A turbojets. 6,000 lb thrust each
  • Crew: 5