January 11, 2012

The Museum of Flight's Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Considered by some as one of the most important planes in Boeing history, the B-47 was the first large aircraft to incorporate swept wings and pod-mounted jet engines. Two major innovations that are all too familiar to all of us who fly commercial airliners today. In service since 1951, it pre-dates the well known B-52 that we mentioned on an earlier post. Following it's military career this particular airframe was stripped of it's combat equipment and converted for weather reconnaissance reclassifying it as a WB-47E. These days it sits proudly at the entrance to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.

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