The B-47 was the United States Air Force's first strategic jet bomber. When the US Army Air Forces issued a requirement for a jet bomber in 1944, four manufacturers presented proposals. It was Boeing's design for the B-47 that won for a number of reasons, but especially because it was capable of carrying the outsized nuclear weapons of the day. The B-47 became the cornerstone of America's nuclear deterrent force until the B-52 came into the inventory. At the peak of its career in 1956, 1,367 B-47s were in Strategic Air Command's (SAC) inventory of 1,650 bombers. The B-47 proved to be as fast as many of the jet fighters of the day, and its operational altitude was as high as 40,000 feet. The design for the B-47 was extremely successful, and was later adapted to the B-52 bomber and the KC-135 tanker, which later formed the basis for the Boeing 707. In fact, almost all jet-powered passenger airliners today can trace their design ancestry back to the B-47. This book covers the B-47's entire history in deep technical detail, with more than 400 photographs, many never before seen.
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AAHS Newsletter, 2nd & 3rd Quarter 2006, reviewed by Terry Panopalis
"Author Alwyn T. Lloyd, a career Boeing employee and leading historian/writer on Boeing aircraft and the Strategic Air Command, has written what is perhaps the best book ever to appear on this remarkable aircraft. His access to Boeing's archives and many official sources has allowed him to present the B-47's development and operational history in unprecedented scope and detail."
IPMS, 2006, reviewed by Art Silen
"My take on the book — Aviation historians will love it; modelers will love it. You will love it. Buy it."
Modeling Madness, December 2005, reviewed by Scott Van Aken
"There are times each year when I read a book and am completely blown away with the depth of the material, the quality of the images and its ability to hold my interest beyond where other books tend to 'fall off'. This is one of them. It is a book that you absolutely must have on your shelves."
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