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340th Bomb Wing Boeing B-47E

Engineers at Boeing obtained German aircraft data at the end of WWII which assisted with the design of a clean, swept wing, all turbojet medium bomber.  The foundation of the U. S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command, the B-47 "Stratojet" was a revolution in aircraft design.

 

The "Stratojet" immediately began breaking several speed and distance records.  It crossed the United States in 1949 at a then unheard of speed of 608 MPH!  At the time, no other fighters were capable of catching it.  This was why its defense included only two rear-firing 20mm cannons. 

 

They were developed and adapted for several specialized functions; reconnaissance, weather observation, training aircraft, a missile carrier, and as test beds for various engine designs.

 

Between 1947 and 1956 a total of 2,032 B-47s were built in all variants by Boeing, Douglas, and Lockheed.

 

The aircraft depicted in this illustration was assigned to the 340th Bomb Wing.  The 340th was located at Whiteman Air Force Base, near Sedalia, Missouri and began flying B-47s in March of 1954.  The Motto of the 340th was "Anytime, Anywhere".   

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