Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The B-47 was the world's first swept wing bomber and the first to use a bicycle arrangement landing gear, which was necessary because of the thin wings. It was also the first plane built solely for the delivery of nuclear weapons. The B-47 series aircraft were built by Boeing Aircraft Co., Douglas Aircraft Co., and Lockheed-Georgia Co. ; a total of 1,260 B-47s were built as bombers and 600 were built as trainers and reconnaissance aircraft.
The B-47 first flew on December 17, 1947 and the first B-47A was delivered to the USAF in 1951. The RB-47H electronic reconnaissance and countermeasures version of the B-47E. It was built in response for the capability of countering enemy air defense systems. The first RB-47H entered service in August 1955 and the last delivered in January 1957.
This RB-47H S/N 53-4296 differed somewhat in equipment on board and carried six crewmembers. This particular aircraft served with the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Forbes AFB, KS. And was the last operational B-47 in the USAF; when flown to Davis Monthan AFB, AZ for storage.
Item of interest — During the early days of
Manufacturer Boeing Aircraft Corp
Thrust Six General Electric J47-GE-25 Turbojet engines rated at 7,200 lbs of thrust w/water injection each
Length 107 ft
Height 27 ft 11 in
Wingspan 116 ft
Weight 79,074 lbs Empty / 230,000 lbs Max
Speed 607 mph Max / 500 mph Cruise
Range 3,935 miles unrefueled
Ceiling 38,850 ft
Armament Two — 50 cal machineguns on the A Model and Two — 20mm M24A1 cannons in extreme tail on all other Models. B-47s designed as Bombers could carry a payload of up to 25,000 lbs of bombs - conventional or nuclear
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Location. 30° 27.947′ N, 86° 33.645′ W. Marker is in Eglin AFB, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Pinchot Road (State Road 189) and Museum Drive, on the right when traveling south. Located at the Air Force Armament Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O-2 Skymaster (a few steps from this marker); F-4 Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); MIG-21 Fishbed F-104 Starfighter (within shouting distance of this marker); MQM-105 Aquila (within shouting distance of this marker); F-100 Supersabre (within shouting distance of this marker); GBU-43/B MOAB (within shouting distance of this marker); F-89 Scorpion (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eglin AFB.
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Armament Museum. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Boeing B-47 Stratojet on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Military
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.