Boeing WB-47B Stratojet

Last revised June 21, 2000



In 1956, a single B-47B (51-2115) was modified by General Precision Laboratories as a weather reconnaissance aircraft under the designation WB-47B. This project was carried out at the request of the US Congress in response to the disastrous 1954 hurricane season (which I remember). The WB-47B was used to penetrate hurricanes and to perform other weather-related duties. In November 1958, the WB-47B aircraft began to do research work in collaboration with the Tiros II weather satellite, the first of the weather satellites.

The WB-47B logged 126.5 hours of flight time before it was retired in 1963 when more efficient WB-47Es became available.

Sources:


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