Saturday, November 30, 2013


The Nuclear Museum in Albuquerque has recently added a B-47 to its outdoor exhibit space.  The aircraft was the first U.S. operational jet bomber.  It was very close in length and wingspan to the WWII B-29, but the performance capabilities provided by the jet engines were truly revolutionary.

Specifications (B-29)
First flight: 21 Sept. 1942
Crew: 11
Length: 99 ft
Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in
Maximum speed: 357 mph
Rate of climb: 900 ft/min
Specifications (B-47E)
First flight: 7 Dec. 1947
Crew: 3
Length: 107 ft
Wingspan: 116
Maximum speed: 607 mph
Rate of climb: 4,660 ft/min

Wikipedia has very thorough articles on both the B-29 and the B-47.

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