When a Bomber Ain't a Bomber
The Boeing B-47 series must surely have been one of the most graceful families of aircraft to take flight; if you don't believe me just watch "Strategic Air Command" some time. Yep, the B-36 is nothing short of Majestic, but those B-47s are just about ten kinds of pretty. 'Nuff said.
Most of us think of the Stratojet as a bomber, or as a recon platform, but the type also performed sterling service as a weather ship. Let's start out the day with a couple of photos of B-47s, first as a bomber, then as a weather bird.
Sometimes the Shoe's on The Other Foot
We're all used to seeing the B-50 refuelling other aircraft in its KB-50 tanker role, but it's a little unusual to find photos of them on the receiving end of the operation. Here's a shot of an unidentified B-50D gassing up.
A Couple of A-6 Shots
The A-6 Intruder was a positively amazing airplane for its day, with then-state-of-the-art avionics and a payload that would make your eyes water. It was an airplane that could take the proverbial lickin' and keep on tickin' too, yet another tribute to the glory days of The Grumman Iron Works. We're doing that free-form thing today because we don't have a whole lot of time, so why not throw in a couple of Intruders while we're at it?
And We're Done
Like I said before, it's a short day. With any luck we'll be back tomorrow; time will tell. Until then, be good to your neighbor!