B-47 Stratojet

B-58 navigator recalls his pilot turning in his wings after their Hustler went in a nose-high stall during a night training Mach 2 bomb run over Dallas

B-58 navigator recalls his pilot turning in his wings after their Hustler went in a nose-high stall during a night training Mach 2 bomb run over Dallas

The B-58 Hustler The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In… Read More

4 months ago

B-47 navigator/bombardier recalls when out of 45 Stratojets that took off from Little Rock AFB to the UK his B-47 was the only one that made it across the Atlantic Ocean

The B-47 Stratojet Designed to meet a 1944 requirement, the first XB-47 prototype flew in December 1947, performing far beyond… Read More

5 months ago

When Soviets faked a flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s to pretend they had a credible fleet of bombers, the US built thousands of B-47 and B-52 bombers and hundreds of KC-135s for real

Soviet strategic bombers Strategic bombing had proved decisive in helping the Western allies bring Nazi Germany to its knees during… Read More

5 months ago

Epic video shows B-36 takeoff and landing in James Stewart’s Strategic Air Command Re-edited in 4 K

Strategic Air Command movie The cool video in this post shows some neat clips of the awesome Convair B-36 strategic bomber taking… Read More

7 months ago

Two B-47 Stratojets attached to a B-36 Peacemaker: The B-36/B-47 Wing Tip-Tow that Never Was

Parasite fighters In the summer of 1943, the US began building up its heavy bomber forces in Europe at a… Read More

8 months ago

The night 13 MiG-17 fighters failed to shoot down an RB-47 flying a recce mission 1,000 kilometres into Soviet Airspace

The RB-47 During the early part of the Cold War, the US Air Force needed an aircraft to gather information… Read More

9 months ago

Cool clips feature B-47 Stratojet bombers doing Immelmann Turns and Barrel Rolls

The B-47 Stratojet The B-47 Stratojet became an essential component of the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command (SAC) during… Read More

9 months ago

B-47 navigator/bombardier recalls when his Stratojet flew the largest Nuclear Bomb ever built to Spain

The B-47 that flew the largest Nuclear Bomb ever built to Spain Designed to meet a 1944 requirement, the first… Read More

9 months ago

The All American ‘donkey:’ the story of the Jet-Propelled ‘Pusher’Aircraft (that never was) aimed to boost the B-47 Stratojet on Takeoff

Because early jet engines could not provide enough power the lack of adequate thrust at takeoff was a constant problem… Read More

2 years ago

In the 1950s Someone Thought to Attach two B-47 Stratojets to a B-36 Peacemaker: The Story of the B-36/B-47 Wing Tip-Tow that Never Was

Whoever thought that attaching two B-47s to a B-36 was a good idea is a detail that seems to have… Read More

2 years ago

This video of a B-52 taking off in heavy crosswinds clearly shows why the BUFF needs outrigger wheels

Since the fuselage is so narrow, the “track” of the main landing gear is also fairly narrow, which means it… Read More

4 years ago

Cool videos show B-47 strategic bombers doing Immelmann Turns and Barrel Rolls

The two, cool videos in this post clearly show why B-47 crews loved this aircraft's maneuverability and sweet handling for… Read More

5 years ago

RB-47H down: when a Soviet MiG-19 downed a USAF Elint plane over the Barents Sea

On the turn the MiG-19 broke away from the RB-47H before swinging back to attack with cannon fire. Two firing… Read More

6 years ago

A QUICK LOOK AT WHY THE B-47 STRATOJET HAD BEEN THE BACKBONE OF STRATEGIC AIR COMMMAND IN THE EARLY COLD WAR

At its peak use in 1958, the USAF operated 28 B-47 bomb wings and four RB-47 reconnaissance wings, totaling 1,357… Read More

7 years ago