New Mexico's Boeing B-47E Stratojet to be restored



The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has launched an ambitious campaign through Indiegogo, a funding platform for creative projects, directly supported by individuals who pledge money, to fund the restoration of the museum´s iconic B-47E Stratojet, the company said.

New Mexico´s only Boeing B-47E Stratojet, serial number 53-2280, one of only 23 surviving B-47 airplanes in existence, will be the focus of a special initiative within “Operation Preservation” — a multi-year campaign to repaint and refurbish the iconic airplanes in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History´s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park.

The B-47 Stratojet, with a wingspan of 116 feet, was a long-range, six-engine, jet-powered strategic bomber designed to fly at high subsonic speeds and at high altitudes to avoid enemy interception. The B-47´s mission was primarily to deliver nuclear ordnance on designated targets. With its engines carried in pods under the swept wing, the B-47 was a major innovation in post-World War II combat jet design and helped lead to modern jet airliners.

The total restoration cost for this airplane is expected to be USD 110,000. A little less than half will be paid by this Indiegogo project. If this campaign reaches its goal in the allotted time of one month, the museum will be able to purchase paint and primer, prepare the surface of the aircraft and then paint the fuselage and wings. The crowd-funding campaign for the B-47 runs through May 13, 2018.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Formerly the National Atomic Museum, which opened in 1969 and was chartered by Congress in 1991, the Museum serves as a repository and steward of nuclear-related historical items and is a Smithsonian affiliate. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 361 days a year. The Museum´s website is nuclearmuseum.org and the phone number is 505-245-2137.