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Posted 7/7/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
Boeing RB-47E
Boeing RB-47E Stratojet. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The RB-47E was a photo reconnaissance version of the basic E model. The nose of the aircraft was lengthened by nearly three feet to accommodate cameras and other reconnaissance instruments. The bomb bays were removed and only photoflash bombs for nighttime aerial photography were carried. The two 20mm cannons in the tail were retained as the only defensive armament on the aircraft.

The first flight of the RB-47E was on July 3, 1953. The Boeing Wichita plant built 240 aircraft before production ended. Originally 255 aircraft were ordered but the last 15 were built as improved RB-47Ks and used for both weather and photo reconnaissance.

Type Number built/
RB-47E 240 Photo reconnaissance version

Armament: Two M-24 20mm cannons in tail turret plus photoflash bombs for nighttime reconnaissance photos
Engines: Six General Electric J47-GE-25 axial flow turbojet engines of 7,200 lbs. thrust each maximum power (with water injection)
Span: 116 ft.
Length: 109 ft. 11 in.
Height: 28 ft.
Three (pilot, copilot/radio operator/gunner, photographer/navigator)
Serial numbers: 51-5258 to 51-5276; 51-15821 to 51-15853; 52-685 to 52-825; 52-3374 to 52-3400; 53-4245 to 52-4264

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