The B-47 Assn Internet Site

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 The B-47 Strat-O-Jet Association was formed in 1996 to preserve the legacy of the Boeing B-47 and to honor the men who flew and maintained it throughout the darkest days of the Cold War. During the 1950s and early 1960s the B-47 played a vital role as a mainstay of the United States nuclear deterrent forces.  The B-47s and their crews stood on nuclear alert during the Cold War, prepared to strike the Soviet Union and its client states with only a few minutes warning. B-47 Stratojets eventually equipped twenty-eight of Strategic Air Command’s medium bombardment wings and also flew vital strategic reconnaissance missions.

The swept-wing, multi-jet engine design of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet bomber provided a model for commercial jet airliners from the time of its introduction in the late 1940s through the 1960s.  Commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 707, the Boeing 747 and the Douglas DC-8 owe their aerodynamic profiles to this Cold War bomber.

Soon after forming the Association, we decided to make an Internet Presence and became the B-47.Com to allow our membership a means of fellowship connection as well to inform the Internet community and general public of our place in history while proudly serving our nation during the Cold War.

To Navigate through this Internet Site use the page options listed below the picture that appears at the top or side of each page. To see other options and links click on the ‘Front Page’ or other links throughout this site. I use Adobe PDF Files extensively on this Site. I suggest you might consider updating your Adobe Reader, or If you need the Adobe Reader get it here free. –>  Adobe Reader

Jim Diamond is currently maintaining this site. Please direct any suggestions, comments, or questions on or about this site please post a comment on the site or e-mail me at:  imjackd@gmail.com 

 

The B-47 STRATOJET ASSOCIATION   Feb 21, 2002
has an exempt status under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 (C) (3).
Anyone desiring any information on the B-47 STRATOJET ASSOCIATION about the above exempt status should contact:

Dick Curran, Secretary/Treasurer
219 Charles Court
Dandridge, TN 37725-3333                                                                                              Home Phone Number (865) 940 1020

 

63 thoughts on “The B-47 Assn Internet Site

    • William; We do have a summary of some but not every one of the crash/accident reports. Send me the tail number, date or location of any you are interested in seeing. My e-mail address is on the first page of this site.

      • Mr Ferreria; did you know about the crash on take off during an O.R.I of a fully loaded B-47 at Dyess About 1961?. I was a crew cheif and my plane was two
        behind his. I know more about this incident.

  1. Thanks for this site, this has provided me some invaluable information for my research project. I wish I knew about it earlier for I would like to get a first-hand account of these wonderful pieces of Cold War Technology. I have been sure to cite your website properly and to only use what has been on the website as an information section of sorts and not any comments or related posts. This site has been a life-saver and I give the association and its affiliates full credit and such for all of its information used on this aircraft and saving my project from an untimely demise (lol).
    Thank you,

  2. I purchased a negative of the 307th’s #6244 ” The Lady” upon its arrival at W-Pat. She still bears the 307th markings. As you already known she was the last B-47 made. The 307 bomb wing website has all the back story on her. My father was in the 370th and 371st. I would like to send you a digital copy of the photograph, but I don’t know how to attach the file

    • Steven; Thank you for your post and yes I did get your attachment picture of 6244. I will add it to my collection.

  3. My husband’s father was the captain on the B-47 that was lost in 1956. It is assumed the plane went down somewhere near the straits of Madagascar, en route to parts unknown from McDill airforce base in Tampa Florida. It is known that an A-bomb was onboard. My brother-in-law has researched this incident in depth. We know the aircraft was due for a mid-air refueling but had an unsuccessful initial hook-up with re-fueling aircraft. Upon go-around for a second try the B-47 was lost with no known May Day, communication of any type, explosion, or wreckage at sea….just doesn’t make sense to us family members. Many years later, my brother-in-law spoke with an aging officer with knowlege of the incident and he swore the airforce had no idea what happened to the plane. Are you familiar with this incident?

    • Carol; Here is what I have in our records.
      10 March 1956 B-47E 52‑534, 306th B W MacDill AFB, FL. This aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean Crashed on a let down for air refueling and disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. It was carrying two unarmed nuclear device. No trace of the aircraft or the devices was never found.

      ADDED INFO: The aircraft was one of a flight of four scheduled for nonstop deployment from MacDill Air Force Base [Tampa, Fla.] to an overseas air base. Takeoff from MacDill and first refueling were normal. The second refueling point was over the Mediterranean Sea. In preparation for this, the flight penetrated solid cloud formation to descend to the refueling level of 14,000 feet. Base of the clouds was 14,500 feet and visibility was poor. The aircraft, carrying two nuclear capsules in carrying cases, never made contact with the tanker. An extensive search failed to locate any traces of the missing aircraft or crew. No weapons were aboard the aircraft, only two capsules of nuclear weapons material in carrying cases. A nuclear detonation was not possible.

  4. Jim,
    It looks as though my book, Jet Age Man: SAC B-47 and B-52 Operations in the Early Cold War, will finally be available late this summer (see amazon.com for ordering info). I’ve been contacted by Bill Clark and will meet with him Tuesday (22 May) to discuss the reunion, etc. By November I should be able to give you the signed copy I promised for your enormous contribution to the B-47 portion of the book, which includes every aircraft loss throughout the B-47’s SAC career.
    Many thanks, Mac

    • Earl; Thanks for your contribution to the legacy of the B-47 and I know it has been a great effort on your part and I am looking forward to reading your book. I’m sure there will be many wanting to have their own copy as well.

  5. I just found your site and am pleased that one exists. I was stationed at Dyess AFB straight out of Tech school (Amarillo) in the early sixties. Tsgt Carvel Collins was my first roomie, a cool guy and one of the crew chiefs on the B-47. Any info about his whereabouts/demise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your effort. SAC was the best for this young recruit.

    • Jim; Lets hope your post will help locate Carvel Collins. Yes SAC did help a lot of us grow up. Other than Basic and Tech School I spent the rest of my 20 years in SAC.

  6. To: Earl McGill:
    Earl, I was eagerly awaiting the printing of your book and subsequent purchased from Amazon.com. I was informed just this week that Amazon will not be carrying your book. Are there other book sellers that will have access to your wonderful book?
    Thanks,
    Jeff Wallach
    USAF Auxiliary

    • Jeff; Earl has told me the book in going to press this coming week and will soon be on sale. I sent your post to Earl and I think by now he has replied to you.

  7. Was assigned to the 68th Bomb Wing, 51st bomb squadron, @ Chennault AFB, in Lake Charles from 1958-1960. checked out as B-47 navigator. A/C was Ken Somers ( now deceased) Made 5 trips to Fairford. Did local strip alert. Squadron Navigator was Wade Birmingham. Suadron Commander was Joe DeJulio.

    Left airforce in June 1960. Greatest experience in my life. made the reunion at CAFB in the 1980s.
    Anybody out there want to talk about “Old Times”, would love to hear from you.

    • Bob; Thanks for dropping by, come by anytime. Anyone from the 68th BW remember Bob, drop him a message. Thats what this section is on the site for.

  8. Hello, My name is Michael Giddings. My father Wayne Giddings served with the 513th and 514th of the 376th bomb wing between 1956 and 1960, flying the B-47 as copilot. I was a very little person at the time,and don’t remember a lot of the people who were flying with my dad; but Col. Lloyd Wentworth and his family were a part of our lives then and until recently. My father passed away last year, so I really am not able to ask him about the people he flew with. I have to say though, before he passed we sat and talked about his flying days. Those seemed to me to be some of his happiest memories.
    I am trying to find a resource for the purchase of the appropriate shoulder patches for these two squadrons and bomb wing. Can anyone at this site help me? My e-mail address is : mgiddings1@cfl.rr.com

    • Michael; I am not able to tell you just where you can obtain the patches. Have you looked at the “SAC B-47 Wing Patches” page on this site. By looking up the 376th Wing you can see the patches for both the 513th & 514th Sqdns. patches. By searching companies on line that does this type of work they may be able to help you out. Can anyone else reading this help Michael?

    • Michael, I was assigned to the 514th Bomb Sqd from Nov 1953
      to March 1958. I spent most of those years as the Crew Chief for B-47 tail No. 52-2424. I don,t remember the name Giddings. I will look over my old orders. He may have been, as you say in the 513th. There were 3 Sqds in the 376 Wing. they were the 512th,513th,and 514th. All three sqds deployed together and flew wing exercises. If you have specific questions, as to deployments and missions I will be happy to try and answer

  9. Need help locating information associated with a little known B-47 used for atmospheric / weather research by Air Force Geophysical Research Directorate (AF Cambridge Research Laboratory – in Bedford Mass.) between 1953 and 1967 – for book project. Specifically its participation in hurricane research in 1960 and Project Stormfury (1965-67).

    This is not the NHRP WB-47B used by the weather bureau in 1956-58.

    Looking to connect with anybody involved with the GRD B-47 aircraft.

    David Reade
    P-3 Publications
    Nova Scotia
    Canada B0K1H0

    david@p-3publications.com

  10. From Jan 1960 to Jan 1963 worked on the Bomb/Nav system on B-47’s. Stationed at Homestead AFB, 19th Bomb Wing, and MacDill AFB, 306th Bomb Wing, during that time. Tech school at Lowery AFB, Denver CO from June 1959 to Dec 1959. Also, during the Cuban Missle Crisis went to Hunter AFB, when the bombers were moved to get away from any potential danger. Repaired, and replaced the Bomb/Nav equipment on the aircraft, including times at the end of the runway with crew in the aircraft waiting to take off. Most all the computer were first generation with most of the inside being mechanical in nature when it came to calculating displays for the navigator. Many fond as well as scarey memories of those times. I recall watching a B-47 take off from MacDill AFB, seeing puffs of smoke from the engines as they exploded on the take off run, and watching it plunge into Tampa Bay shortly afterwards. Pilot and Co-pilot ejected safely, going up from the aircraft, but the navigator ejected downward right into Tampa Bay with his chute opening. Tragic. Debriefed crew member after immediately following an hours long training, as well as times when they returned from TDY overseas. Had previously debriefed the Navigator who died in the accident a few weeks before it happened. As I said, many memoried of that time.
    Bruce Engstrom, Winter Haven, Florida

    • Bruce, that B-47 that crashed in Tampa Bay on takeoff would have been #51-7027 on 26 Sep 62. 306th BW, 369th BS.It was a test flight after a 600-hour inspection. Takeoff was normal, but at 300′, an explosion and fire occurred in #2&#3. According to the AF711, the copilot told the a/c that #3&#4 were on fire. (#4? You see what is coming). The a/c retarded #4&#5 to what he thought was “idle/stop.” Instead, he pulled the levers to “cutoff.” A/c then looked at #4&#5, saw no fire on that side (though he had just shut them down), looked left, saw the fire in #2&#3, pulled fire buttons, but did not retard throttles for #2&#3. So what originally had been a two-engine problem, now had become a four-engine problem. Only #1&#6 were normal. A/c tried to restart #4&#5, but unsuccessful. Altitude was 900′. A/c banked to 30 degrees, away from Davis Island, and navigator ejected in the bank. You recall correctly: a/c and co-pilot survived; navigator’s parachute did not fully deploy in time, and he died on impact with the water. Got this info from the AF711. At the time, I was in high school, and we lived on Bayshore Drive near the O’Club. I recall we saw one of the wing tanks floating in the bay, sort of like a silver buoy, though we did not know that there had been a crash (the aircraft impacted without explosion or fire).

  11. I have read Col. Sigmund Alexander, USAF (Ret.) book “B-47 Aircraft Losses” and have been to the site of the B-47 that crashed near Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada November 30th, 1956. Is there anyone out there that may know more about this accident?

  12. Jet Age Man Update. Book sales are reported as “strong” and all reviews and comments from readers have been excellent. My publisher plans to release JAM in Kindle eBook format in February. In the meatime, Black Tuesday Over Namsi-B-29s vs. MiGs… is on sale in Kindle format until the first of the year for $2.99 (reg. $9.99).

  13. I was a crew chief on a B-47E at 340th BW Whiteman AFB MO
    From 1955 to 1959 was with 488th Bomb Sq. I have a picture
    of me and the flight crew in front of my B-47.

  14. My Dad, Lt Karl Penner, was a B-47 co-pilot and pilot and was stationed at Barksdale AFB, LA in the 1954-1956 timeframe. This was before I was born and he died when I was only 6 in a general aviation crash in 1969. Does anyone know the unit number of the B-47s at Barksdale. I think it was part of the 301st Bomb Wing. I have a picture of my dad as a 1st Lt with a Maj Fenton and a Maj Miller. They are standing in front of tail number 23347. Anyone out there fly with my dad or have heard of him during his time at Barksdale?

    • Bruce; The unit numbers that were assigned to the 301st Bomb Wing at Barksdale were 32nd Bomb Sq., 352 Bomb Sq., 353 Bomb Sq., and 419th Bomb Sq.

  15. Hello,
    Several years ago I purchased a B-47 Co-Pilot’s ejection seat on Ebay. The serial number is 53-6235. Does anyone have any information or pics of 53-6235?
    Thank You

    • I happen to have a picture of 53-6239 that I took on a reflex trip to Torrejon AB in aproximately 1962 or 1963. I was the co-pilot on the crew. The plane is from the 100th BW at Pease AFB, NH, with a blue strip down the tail showing it was a 349th Squadron aircraft. This is probably as close as you will get to the number your looking for.
      Charles Wilson
      Las Vegas, NV

  16. Thanks Jim for maintaining this site. It’s been a decade since you made this. I have been a regular visitor here and I have witnessed how the site changes. By the way, where can I see a photo of Robert Robbins? test pilot for the B-47, 1949.

    • Just go to the page called “Front Page” and then click on item number 1. Called “the first and last are now gone” and you will find a picture of Bob Robbins at the last reunion he attended.

  17. Jim,

    I’ve enclosed a link to a B-47 photo taken in September 1960, at Schilling Air Force Base, Kansas. The bomb wing that I was in, the 310th, had a B-47 on static display one weekend, and I took my visiting uncle out to see it.

    On the left is my uncle, Carl Strandt. I’m standing in the middle. Next to me is Matthew E. “Bill” Loar, aircraft commander. I was the navigator on his crew.

    The boy walking up to us is, I believe, Major Loar’s son, Billy.

    Who took the photo I do not know.

    This picture has always had a sentimental, personal appeal to me, and maybe it’s too personal for use on the association’s website. Still, the camera angle makes the airplane look formidable, which it certainly was, and if you’d like to use it on the site, that’s fine with me.

    If the link doesn’t work, let me know.

    Bill Paxson–USAF 1951-1971; SAC 1958-1966

    https://plus.google.com/photos/107779038693736603398/albums/5714686448901821953/5795206477963819650?banner=pwa

  18. I don’t know if this link works for you, but I have a photo of 52-0166 in flight, which is ID’d as an RB-47H, but I am curious if it is actually a B-47E

    /Users/kennethholley/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Modified/2013/May 7, 2013_2/AIRCRAFT – b47 2.jpg

    • Kenneth; B-47 52-0166 was a B-47E built by Douglas-Tulsa. I am unable to get your link to work for me, but would like for you to send me a copy of the picture to my e-mail address. Jim Diamond

  19. I have a steering control wheel from one of the first SAC delivered B-47. Is there a way to get info from all the decal # that are on my yoke? My limited search show it came from aircraft 009 (delivery sequence) . I would be happy to send pics. please email me.

  20. I was stationed in Sondrestrom, Greenland and Lincoln AFB. Neb.
    At LAFB.I was the draftsman for 307th FMS. during which I created Scatter-Pattern for B-47 #51-5248-Oct ’59 and KC-97 in 1960. I also generated the artwork for the nose decal for the 307th acft.for SAC Bomb Comp.1960.
    I have the originals of these items and can provide photos if you are interested.
    John McKee @ TARITEK.

  21. Jim;
    Many thanks for the site, which helped clarify my memory of the 47’s. As an aside, my sole military experience was in Central America but can fly and have multi-engine rating etc. Tell you what, a STOL Aero Commander is one heck of a plane………But, of course, nothing like one of the B-47s which, for some reason, I had recalled as ugly. Your’s [and other’s] photos put end to that recollection….They are really quite attractive. How do they feel? [Yes, few words, big question] Once again…..Thanks and Regards

    AJS

    • Thanks for the comments Juan; How do they feel?, well from my point of view as a crew chief when we flew with the plane we sat on a step that was down below where the pilots had their feet. So the only thing we could see outside was nearly straight up out of the bubble canopy. As you know the higher you are the darker the sky looks. Now for the crews they would have to speak for themselves, but I have heard it referred to as like flying a giant fighter plane due to the seating arrangement and canopy.

  22. Just located and spoke Co-pilot, Ron Jahaaski. Now living in Fla. was at Chennault, then to B-52 program, then to Nam in C-123. Left USAF for TWA. Retire with 32 years with TWA. need more contact me. bob 9/26/13

  23. Sir,
    My uncle was John Griffin. He flew the B-47-45-LM version. The plane was lost 2/58 off the island of San Miguel while conducting an “Operation Hairclipper”
    training mission. The plane and crew were never recovered. I have since recovered the crash report but there is not much to it. This request is a long shot but the report did not contain any photos of the plane. My mother was floored when I produced the crash report. I think it gave her a little closure on the loss of her brother. I was wondering if there is a web sight or person who catalogues b47 photos that would possibly have a pic of this particular aircraft. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your time
    Mark 830-237-1325

  24. Hello,

    My father was stationed at Pease AFB in the 100th around 1956 to 1961 where he worked on the ECM of the B-47s. I was wondering if anyone here was stationed there at the same time?

  25. I have enjoyed the site. I was stationed at Homestead AFB, 19th Field Maintenance! 1957 to 1961. The training I received in the AF made a career for me.

    • Hi Ernest; Just found this web site.I was first assigned to the 19th field maint sqd. when it was at Pinecastle AFB, Orlando, Fla,we moved (the19th Bomb Wing) to Homestead in 1957, I believe. I was discharged in 1958,re-inlisted for 321st Bomb Wg at by then, McCoy AFB,back to Orlando,Fla.Never did move my family too Homestead, did a lot of hich-hiking back then.Never thought i would run across an ole Squadron Mate here, though I have to admit I do not remember your name. I was in the fuel sys shop at Homestead. Hoping to hear from you

      • HI: Meredith, Sorry for not getting back to you earlier , I was stationed at Homestead in late 1957, in the electric shop. Supervisor Ramond E. Davis I was called Willie during my tour. I was active in the aero Club and obtained my Private Pilot Certificate during my tour. I enjoyed working on the B 47. I spent time in North Africa and Bermuda supporting the Reflex action program. I remember meeting Col. Paul Tippit in Bermuda when one of our B47 landed there for fuel. I returned to Civilian life in 1961 and continued my career in flying. I was Chief Flight instructor for the Aviation Academy of North Carolina, received my Type Rating in a Lear Jet. and other turbo prop aircraft. I joined the FAA as a Safety Inspector and retired from that Job.
        I was inducted into the Old Crow Club at Homestead.
        I hope to hear from you and others that may have been in the area at that time.

  26. Here’s some important information that you need to know, just found out this morning that the company who was making the Flight Jackets has gone out of business,so if you have ordered one you need to cancel out your credit card request also if you mailed them a check call your bank to stop payment, I am looking into finding a business that could make those type Jackets in my local area, hope to see everyone in Ft Walton,Fl. in Oct 2014

  27. My name is Thyra Satcher Strapac. The purpose of my inquiry is two-fold: First, I would like to speak or correspond with anyone who served with my father, CMSGT Walter Satcher. The second reason is to reconnect with some of my classmates who attended 9th Grade at Brize Norton AFB, 1960; Bushy Park Central High School 1961; and Lakenheath High School, 1962. Thank you.

  28. I recently purchased a vintage Allyn B-47 Stratojet Chrome Airplane/Ashtray display and engraved on the front of it was “Bill Martin”, then “442nd Bomb Sqdn”. After doing some research I found that the 442nd Bomb Squadron was part of the 320th Bomb Wing, 15th Air Force, out of March AFB, California. I was wondering if anyone in the Association or relatives that might read this know this gentleman and can give me any background information on him.

    Also, just for information for the Association, I also recently purchased a lamp and shade that has to do with the “Milk Bottle Project”. I live in Oklahoma City right near Tinker AFB and purchased the item from near here. The lamp is heavy (about 25lbs) and made from a chromed Milk Bottle pin from the B-47 and the lamp shade has approximately 200 signatures of individuals that worked on the Milk Bottle Project in the 1958 time period. The signatures were written on the outside on the plastic and then the signed plastic taped to the outside of the cloth lampshade. I did research a lot of names on it, mostly from the 1962 Tinker AFB yearbook I have, and they all were from Tinker, most of whom are deceased. The lady I bought this lamp from says she found it in a back corner of a junk store. The owner told her that it came from a lady whose husband worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. They said that the lamp was presented by personnel for their boss, the name of which I don’t know. By April 1958 Oklahoma City Air Material Area (OCAMA) at Tinker AFB instituted a modification program for the B-47 to replace the wing attachment pin which resembled the profile of a milk bottle (hence the name of the modification program). It was the most extensive project undertaken at Tinker AFB since WWII. I contacted the Tinker AFB Base Historian and he was able to provide me copies of unclassified documents related to the Milk Bottle Project. In any case, I have other information about the Milk Bottle Project and and pictures of the lamp I could send to someone in the B-47 Association if someone wants to provide me an email contact. Thanks… Matt Nation oknation@cox.net

  29. My father was Capt. Arthur Craven, pilot of B-47E s/n 51-1931A, crashed on June 12, 1958. In 2002, our family met with Brian Lindner and was able to visit the crash site which was life changing for all of us. There is an article in the Defenders of Liberty 08 – pg 351-400, where by it states that in April 1959, a 30-inch high winged gold trophy, in memory of the crew was presented to the 49th Bomb Squadron by my mother, Mrs. Arthur Craven, widow of the commander. Do you know the whereabouts of this trophy? You can reach me at arleneconverse@gmail.com or via 210-313-8784. I am hopeful someone knows where this trophy is today. Thank you so much for your response and attention to this question.

  30. I’m looking for a copy of a USAF training film made at McConnell AFB around 1960.
    I showed the proper way to refuel a B-47 from a KC-135. About 30 minutes long and filmed by a company named “Filmasters” I believe they also did “Gunsmoke”

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