The Boeing B-47 Stratojet DVD
The Ultimate B-47 Resource!
* Flying the Boeing B-47 Stratojet New addition! (1950,
B&W, 37:00) Restored video & audio. This comprehensive
training film was produced by the US Air Force to familiarize pilots
and aircrew transitioning from prop driven aircraft like the B-29 to
the new world of the B-47, the USAF's first jet bomber. You'll see a
history of early US jet bomber development starting in 1943,
including wind tunnel testing of the delta wing, the unique
challenges of jet engines, making all systems easily accessible for
maintenance and a number of preliminary designs for the aircraft. Then you'll see a pre-flight check,
followed on tips on taxiing with the P-47's unique landing gear,
followed by takeoff. In flight, there's a discussion of handling &
stall characteristics, with an emphasis on dealing with high speed
buffeting as the aircraft reaches its critical mach number. (Unlike
World War 2 prop planes, the fast Stratojet could hit its mach number
in relatively level flight.) You'll learn the best way to achieve
maximum range with the Stratojet's thirsty engines. Finally, there’s
an in depth discussion of landing characteristics, including speed,
touch & go (if necessary) and deploying the drag chute.
Throughout, there's excellent P-47 Stratojet footage here!
* Stratojet: Meet Your Boeing B-47
(Color, 1955, 30:00) Exclusive Color Correction You'll see the design, development, and
manufacturing of the B-47. Then you'll follow a crew from SAC's
McConnell Air Force Base (3250th Combat Crew Training
Wing) on a training mission that simulates a night attack on a target
in the US. There are some great shots of the Stratojet on the ground
and in the air, including night air refueling. You'll also hear crew
dialog as they work through various procedures during the bomb run.
* B-47 Combat Maneuvers (Color, 1955,
20:00) Exclusive Color Correction In 1954 the Air Force conducted a series of maneuver tests
that showcased the B-47's outstanding agility. Theses tests were
specifically designed to explore the B-47s ability to “toss
bomb.” The aircraft would approach the target low and at high
speed, pull up sharply, open bomb bay doors, use momentum to
literally fling the bomb towards the target and then execute the rest
of a half loop Immelman turn so that they were flying back in the
opposite direction at the top of the loop. This maneuver allowed the
bomber to drop nuclear and high explosive weapons at low altitudes
without danger of blast damage or flying directly over heavily
defended targets. Seeing the big, sleek B-47 execute this maneuver
(and barrel rolls too!) is truly memorable. Cameras located all over
the aircraft give unique views during the test flights.
* Boeing B-47A "Stratojet" Flight Handbook (92 pages with color Illustrations) See B-47A (the original production model) detailed operating instructions, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, flight characteristics, emergency procedures and much, more in Adobe acrobat .pdf file format
* Boeing TB-478B "Stratojet" Flight Manual (780 pages with color illustrations) Flight Manual for the TB-47B, the training version of the B-47B. In addition to flight procedures. Includes the complete performance index.in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format
Pilot's manual viewable on computer DVD player.
Don't have a DVD player on your computer? We can put the manual on a
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About The Boeing B-47 Stratojet
With the launch of the the B-47 Stratojet, the US Air Force jumped
in a single decade from B-17 and B-24 bombers lumbering at 200 mph
over Germany to a 600 mph swept wing jet capable (with air refueling)
of hitting intercontinental targets. As the USA's first swept-wing
multi-engine bomber, she was one of the most influential designs in
Boeing's original jet bomber blueprint in 1943 was for a straight
winged aircraft based on the B-29 fuselage. 1n 1945, Boeing
aerodynamicist George Schairer went to Germany to sift through
captured aircraft data. He discovered wind-tunnel data on swept-wing
designs that revolutionized the B-47 team's thinking.. Engineers used
the new Boeing High-Speed Wind Tunnel to develop the XB-47 with
35-degree swept wings..The new aircraft proved to be
outstandingly agile for a bomber with a 25,000lb payload, yet pilots
reported she was very easy to fly. Her fighter style bubble top
canopy provided an excellent all around view.
The B-47 medium bomber was the foundation of the Air Force's new
Strategic Air Command . One variant became a missile carrier while
others were outstandingly successful reconnaissance aircraft that
penetrated deep into the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Between 1947 and
1956, a total of 2,032 B-47s in all variants were built and the
Stratojet stayed in service well into the 1960s.
The prototype had twin General Electric J-35 engines (GE J-47
engines on production models) hung from sculpted pods inboard on each
wing, and single engines were hung outboard. Engine weight made the
wings droop, so the B-47 had tandem landing gear under the front
and back sections of the fuselage. Outrigger wheels on the inboard
engines kept it from tipping over on the ground. Early jet engines
could not provide enough thrust for takeoff, so the XB-47, B-47A, and
B-47B had 18 small rocket units in the fuselage for jet-assisted
takeoff (JATO). A drag chute reduced landing speed. The B-47 immediately broke speed and distance records. In 1949 it
crossed the United States in under four hours at an average 608 mph.
She had defensive armament only in the tail because contemporary
enemy fighters could barely keep up with her at high altitudes.
Watch a free preview of "B-47 Combat Maneuvers."