Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Mike Habermehl and Robert S Hopkins, III
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Strategic Air Command’s Transitional Bomber

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First proposed during WWII as a high-speed piston-powered reconnaissance platform, the B-47 evolved into what would become the first swept-wing, medium jet bomber and SAC's most numerous operational aircraft. Given its pioneering role as a jet bomber and the ongoing evolution of SAC's mission and US national security, the B-47 had more than its share of teething problems. Initial Boeing flight tests mixed triumph with tragedy and demonstrated that an entirely new way of flying a large aircraft was required. Poor reliability in the bombing-navigation and fire-control systems undermined the effectiveness of early B-47Bs but were eventually overcome as the aircraft evolved to fill many different roles. Read about the ultimate history of the Stratojet in Boeing B-47 Stratojet: Strategic Air Command’s Transitional Bomber.

400 + photos and drawings. Please see table of contents for chapter-by-chapter details

 

Publisher : Specialty Press

Author: Mike Habermehl and Robert S Hopkins, III
Size: 8.5" X 11.4"
Pages: 320
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

6

Foreword by Don Cassiday, Colonel, USAF (Retired)

8

1 An Unlikely Beginning

9

2 Not Ready for Prime Time

30

3 The ‘Ultimate’ Bomber

44

5 Ready for War

100

6 The Unseen Mission

127

7 A Bridge to the Future

188

8 Fast Fly

235

Appendices

I Mission-Design Series (MDS) List

245

II Attrition Summary

274

III Retirements

302

IV Records and Special Achievements

307

Glossary

314

Index

315

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