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Photos from 1957 at RAF Station Brize Norton, England when the 380th Bomb Wing was on a 90 day TDY there.

TDY at Brize Norton 1957, Looks to be ready for preflight

Breaking ground, RAF Brize Norton 1957Water Alcohol Take-off

Inflight, good view of the vortex generators on top of the wing

Back on the ground
And here is the Crewchief, Wes Bender, 380th BW, 530th BS


This photo was sent in by Bob Silver, 321st BW McCoy AFB Fl.

Bob Silver, Navigator; Bill Clifton, CP, Carl Axtell, Pilot


Flight Line VierView of the Flight Line Parking Ramp – Sidi Slimane Air Base. MoroccoAlert FacilitiesAlert Quarters in Morocco – Thanks to Jerry Schwarzman

Tsgt Joe Davis, Ssgt Harold Payne and Tsgt Leslie Spence, NCOIC 19th BW Hyd Shop

Thanks to Harold Payne.

380th BW Crew with BG Gillen (center) Ssgt Bernier, Ssgt Carlson & A/2c Beadle

EB-47E 51-2135 Parked at Pima Air Museum.                                                                               

This EB-47E was launched to MASDC in Tucson by Jerry Hayman and Ralph Beadle. They sent 2135 to Tucson in December 1964, and it is the only B-47 still there. 

This photo was taken near the flight line at Zaragoza during reflex, February 1961. According to their Wing Commander, this crew flew the first perfect navigator flight check in the history of SAC.  L to R, Jack Motes AC, Lou Malucci Nav, and Jim Cooper C/P.


19 thoughts on “More Photos”

    1. I was stationed at McCoy in an F-89 FIS Sqdn and we supported the 321st BW. Watched a many B-47 take off and land during my 3 years at McCoy Jul 1958 to Jul 61, went to Elmendorf after that for 7 years, they also had B-47s when I arrived. Any one got any photos of B-47s at McCoy?

  1. I was in the 801st CDS at Lockbourne from Apr of 1963 to Apr of 1965…I spent almost the entire 2 years at Brize Norton and then Upper Heyford..As a guard looking at the pictures it brings back such memories..I retired in 1987 as Superintendent of Comm Operations at Eilson AFB…Tks for the memories!!

  2. I had the privilege of being assigned to the maintenance sq. in 1951 thru 1954 at MacDill AFB, Fla. Enjoyed my air force career, what a beautiful aircraft.

  3. I am a civilian, born in 1961. Seeing pics like these make me proud to be an American, and remind me how fortunate I am to be from the USA. Thanks to all the men and women who dedicated parts of their lives to being stationed at bases around the world for the sole purpose of keeping us and the free world safe and living free! May God bless you all!
    Jeff F.

    1. My daddy lost his life in one of these B47-E strato jets in 1961. I not yet two years old when he was killed. Thank you for your recognition of those who dedicated their lives to our great country.

  4. While stationed at Lockbourne AFB from 1960 to 1963, as a camera repairman, I serviced the O-15 radar camera on the aircraft pictured above with the tail number 2135.. You can not believe the memories that flooded my mind when I, once again saw this marvelous aircraft.
    Thanks for the memories..
    J. G. Zenoby Sr.

    1. I was also stationed at Lockbourne from 61 till the B-47s phased out. I was a nav in the 512th Bomb Sq. I still have in my checklist the radar photos for the airborne radar approach for both runways. They don’t look like that today. I’m looking for my former copilot Stuart Lustfield and former A/C Jim Platt.

  5. Looking for any info on my father-in-law, TSGT Edgar Stoelting who was in the 343rd in early to mid 1950s. His career during that time is a little unclear but I think he transitioned on crews from RB-29, RB-50 and RB-47. Thanks.

  6. I have a bunch of photos taken by Life Magizine during their coverage of the crew in Spain. These were Life”s pic’s they gave my dad for the 12/23/57 edition. A bunch of pilots I do not have names of, but some folks may recognize dads or granddads in the pics if there is any interest.

    1. Hi John – What a nice offer. I would hope to see my Dad (Wallace J. ‘Jack’ McKenzie, Col. USAF Ret.) in those pictures somewhere; he was a B-47 pilot in the 339th BS flying out of Dyess AFB (’57-’61), and flew many Reflex missions to Zaragoza. We then moved to Torrejon AFB, Madrid Spain in ’61 as Aide de Camp to Gen. Ryan. My email is: for any photos you’d care to send in any format. My ph. # if need be: 512-413-0015. Many thanks! Kevin McKenzie

  7. One additional comment, While at McCoy, we had a B-25 and 4 C-124 assigned . Also involved in the B-47 Bomb Comp, the 321st used our hanger for keeping score, 50-80 B-47s parked in front of our fighter operations, Gen Curtis Lemay was head of SAC back then, no cameras on flight line. Any one have pictures from the bomb comp?? Norm

  8. I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath from 1954-57 as an armorer on B-47’s, Loved the Country and people. Many good memories.
    Married a beautiful Lady from Glasgow, Scotland.

  9. Has anyone seen the picture of a B47 in flight, taken from another A/C from above with Stone Mountain(Ga)? The photo a/c was so close that the pilot and copilot were looking up at the photo plane. The pic had been enlarged to about 3 foot by 5 foot and was on display at Doug McCurdy Cheverolet(closed) in the parts dept.

  10. I am looking for someone who knows Bryden Dahlke. He was a Maintenance inspector at Pease AFB in the 60’s. He was in the 509th Maintenance squadron. He was responsible for having over 100 B-47 flights without any breakdowns. My name is Rudy Kloeble and I am his step son.

  11. My dad, Glenn H. Jones was head of the Boeing Photo Unit, 1938 to 1978. I’ve inherited his photo archives. Recently came across a number of B-47 slides, including the XB-47.

  12. I’m looking for someone who knew my brother Robert (Blaise) Conte. He was a pilot/copliot at Pease AFB in the early 60’s. I was quite young at the time, but I remember being allowed to climb the crew ladder into the cockpit area of a B-47. I would appreciate any info or stories that anyone has. Thank you

  13. I was at Sidi from 1959 to 1963 when the base closed; worked in Special Services and as interpreter to Base Commander Col. Johnson; knew practically every B-47 crew that reflexed from Little Rock and Topeka and spent a lot of time at the flight line cafeteria watching them arrive and depart… what an awesome group! we were so proud of them…

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