Boeing B-47E Stratojet
I took these pictures on my Hakodate Dawn mission at 1630 hrs.
The first jet-powered strategic bomber to serve with USAF, over 2100 were produced.
The prototype first flew in 1947 with the E version being the first major upgrade. Crew of 3 comprised Pilot, Co-pilot and Nav / Bombardier. Co-pilot doubled as defensive systems operator. For an aircraft of its size, the B-47E was a delight to fly. Each SAC Bomb Wing in the 50's had 45 combat-ready B-47's as well recon and EW variants.
Length: 107' 1.5'' ( 32.63 metres )
Span: 116' ( 35.36 metres )
Weight: 220,000 lbs ( 99,970 kg ) Gross
Power: 6 x GE J47 @ 5970 lbs ( 2722 kg )
Range: Unrefuelled - 4000 nm ( 6437 km )
AFX Designer : Simon Perkins, Michael Davies
Panel : Phil Perrott
MP : Steve Bezant