List of surviving Boeing B-47 Stratojets

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RB-47H on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

A number of Boeing B-47 Stratojets bombers survive as static display or practice targets in the United States. None of them are airworthy any more.

B-47 Stratojet[edit]

The Boeing B-47 Stratojet was a long range, six-engine, turbojet-powered strategic bomber capable of flying at high subsonic speeds and primarily designed for penetrating the Soviet Union. A major innovation in post-World War II combat jet design, it helped lead to the development of modern jet airliners. While it never saw major combat use, it was the mainstay of U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command strategic striking power in the 1950s.

By the time it was retired by the United States Air Force in the 1960s, 2042 planes had been built. The United States Navy continued to use the EB-47E until the late 1970s. Currently, 31 confirmed B-47s of various marks are preserved in museums and outdoor displays.

XB-47[edit]

USAF Designation Serial or
registration number
History Markings Location Condition Notes
XB-47-BO 46-0066 Test aircraft formerly displayed at the Chanute Air Museum Air Force Flight Test Museum, Edwards AFB, CA. Under restoration [1]

B-47B[edit]

USAF Designation Serial or registration
number
History Markings Location Condition Notes
B-47B-20-BW 50-0062
Boeing B-47 at Mighty 8th Air Force Museum, Pooler, GA, US.jpg

50-0062 at the Mighty 8th AF Museum

Was operated by the Strategic Air Command's Training Wing[citation needed]
0062 Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
Pooler, Georgia
Display [2]
B-47B-25-BW 51-2075
Edw-081013-08-r1-8.jpg

51-2075 at Edwards AFB bombing range in 2008
Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California Used as a photographic target
B-47B-30-BW 51-2120 Operated by SAC's 509 BW 2120 Whiteman AFB,
Knob Noster, Missouri
Display
B-47B-50-BW 51-2315 Grissom Air Museum,
Grissom Air Reserve Base
(formerly Grissom AFB),
Peru, Indiana
Display [3]

B-47E[edit]

USAF Designation Serial or
registration
number
History Markings Location Condition Notes
WB-47E-55-BW 51-2360 Converted B-47E Hill Aerospace Museum
Hill AFB, Utah
Display
WB-47E-55-BW 51-2387 Converted B-47E Kansas Aviation Museum
Wichita, Kansas
Display [4]
B-47E-75-BW 51-7066 Was converted to a WB-47E, but restored to bomber configuration for display. 17066 Museum of Flight
Seattle, Washington
Display
B-47E-75-BW 51-7071 Former 96th Bombardment Wing, Medium aircraft. "The City of Altus"[5] Altus, Oklahoma Display
EB-47E-80-BW 52-0412 Converted from B-47E; later operated by the US Navy's Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG) as a Government Owned/Contractor Operated aircraft (with tail # 24120) until retired in 1977 24120 Dyess Linear Air Park
Dyess AFB
Abilene, Texas
Display [6]
B-47E-105-BW 52-0595 0595 Little Rock AFB
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Display
B-47E-110-BW 53-2275
B-47 nose.jpg
2275
Betty-Boop
March Field Air Museum
March Air Reserve Base
(formerly March AFB)
Riverside, California
Display [7]
B-47E-110-BW 53-2276
Barksdale Global Power Museum September 2015 02 (Boeing B-47E Stratojet).jpg

Former 303rd Bombardment Wing, Medium aircraft.

O-32276 Eighth Air Force Museum
Barksdale AFB
Shreveport, Louisiana
Display [8]
B-47E-111-BW 53-2280 In the 1960s this aircraft was used as a test bed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base under the designation JB-47E. It was the first USAF aircraft with a fly-by-wire control system. It was transferred to the NMUSAF in 1969 and displayed until 2003. In 2013 it was transferred to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico for permanent display 2280 National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Kirtland AFB
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Display
B-47E-125-BW 53-2385 2385
Pride of the Adirondacks
Plattsburgh International Airport
formerly Plattsburgh AFB)
Plattsburgh, New York
Display
B-47E-130-BW 53-4213 Operated by Strategic Air Command's 98th Bombardment Wing, Medim & 308th Bombardment Wing, Medium. One of the last B-47s operated at the former Lincoln AFB, Nebraska before departing on 7 December 1965; 53-4213 participated in Operation "Fast Fly" which was the retirement of the last B-47s in USAF service. 4213 McConnell AFB, Kansas Display
B-47E-135-BW 53-4257
B-47 Tinker Air Force Base
0-34257 Tinker AFB Air Park
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
Display
B-47E-25-DT 52-0166
Boeing B-47 StratojetCAM.jpg

Strategic Air Command operated by the 9th Bombardment Wing, 509th Bombardment Wing, Medium & 40th Bomb Wing, Medium; last used by the United States Navy as a photographic training target at NAWS China Lake, California, and performed the last flight of a B-47 in June 1986 from NAWS China Lake to Castle AFB.
20166
Spirit
Castle Air Museum
(former Castle AFB)
Atwater, California
Display [9]
B-47E-35-DT 52-1412 Assigned to the 301st Bombardment Wing, 97th Bombardment Wing, 384th Bombardment Wing, 321st Bombardment Wing, and 70th Bombardment Wing prior to its retirement in 1964. Currently undergoing gradual restoration. 1412 Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
in Ashland, Nebraska
Display [10][11]
B-47E-45-DT 53-2104
N1045Y
B47pueblomuseum.jpg

Last role was as a TF34 engine testbed designated a NB-47E; civil registered for delivery flight to Pueblo Memorial Airport in 1979
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and
Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society
Pueblo, Colorado
Display [12]
B-47E-55-DT 53-2135
PimaB47.png

Converted to an EB-47E; formerly operated by the 376th Bombardment Wing, Medium

Pima Air and Space Museum
(adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB)
Tucson, Arizona
Display [13]

B-47H[edit]

USAF Designation Serial or
registration
number
History Markings Location Condition Notes
RB-47H-1-BW 53-4296 Former 55th SRW aircraft; returned to duty from MASDC, Davis-Monthan AFB, for tests of F-111 radar system by the Air Force Avionics Laboratory, then retired to Eglin AFB, ca. 1976; RB-47 nose and F-111 radome replaced by standard B-47E nose, making it a bastardized configuration. Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin AFB, Valparaiso, Florida Display [14]
RB-47H-1-BW 53-4299 This RB-47H was delivered to the USAF in October 1955. The aircraft served with the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing from 1955 until its retirement in 1966. It was deployed to several locations, including Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Yokota Air Base, Japan. It also flew missions over the former Soviet Union. The aircraft was delivered to the museum in 1998. After extensive restoration by museum personnel, it went on display in 2003, marked as it appeared in 1960. National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. Display [15]

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