The Boeing B-47 was the country’s first swept-wing multi engine bomber. It represented a milestone in aviation history and a revolution in aircraft design. Every large jet aircraft today is a descendant of the B-47. The XB-47 was the prototype of this series with two aircraft built for test purposes. The first XB-47 (46-065) rolled out of the factory in Seattle on September 12, 1947. It was the first large American jet aircraft to feature a swept wing.
The second XB-47 (46-066) flew for the first time on July 21, 1948. The Air Force formally accepted the first XB-47 on November 29, 1948. The second XB-47 was accepted a month later and on September 3, 1948 the first production order was placed for the B-47. Eventually over 2,000 B-47’s were built for the U.S. Air Force.
Both prototypes were test flown at Edwards AFB, but in 1954 the number one XB-47 (46-065) was disassembled and eventually scrapped by the Air Force, thus making the number two prototype (46-066) the sole surviving XB-47.
An effort was started last year to disassemble, move and reassemble this aircraft from Rantoul, Illinois to the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB, California. Thanks to the support of many, we have raised the necessary funds to relocate this aircraft!
XB-47 (46-066) is back home at Edwards AFB!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Boeing Corporation, we have been able to contract with Worldwide Aircraft Recovery to disassemble, transport and reassemble this treasured aircraft. We do still need contributions to prepare it for display once it returns to Edwards.
Private funds must be used to support this effort; so again, your help is very much needed. With your help, we will achieve our goal of preserving this truly historic aircraft for future generations.
The Flight Test Historical Foundation is a private organization. The FTHF is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no government status.