Boeing B-47 Stratojet: 1950’s Nuclear Deterent

One of the attractions in Plattsburgh, NY, is the old Air Force base.  There is not to much to see now except a few old buildings, but it is home to two museums, one being the Plattsburgh Air Force Museum.

The museum only just started up and needs all the support it can get.  It resides in one of the old base buildings and is staffed by some volunteers.  The gentleman that was volunteering the day we went, actually served on the base as a maintenance officer for the FB-111As that were once stationed at the base.

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The entrance fee is $2, which is extremely economical compared to other museums i have been to.  If you can, make a donation as well.  Preserving the memory of the base is something very important.  Before it closed down in the late 1990s, it was a huge economic factor in Plattsburgh.  I am sure that there a many people still living in Plattsburgh who have fond memories of the base, either as a civilian employee or a service member.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

One of the aircraft that was based at the Plattsburgh AFB, was the Boeing B-47 Stratojet.  This was the aircraft that was on constant alert as a nuclear deterrent during the early 50’s to the early 60’s.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Fortunately for aircraft buffs like myself, there is still one Boeing B-47 remaining at the AFB, albeit inoperable.

It sits as a gate guard, along with one of the FB-111As that was also stationed at the AFB.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

By the looks of it, this aircraft has been sitting here for quite some time.  Cold, snowy, New York Winters and rainfall have sure taken a toll on it.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

There is a small chain fence around the perimeter of the aircraft and should be respected unless otherwise told. This aircraft is at least 54 years old, if not older and the last thing it needs, is people trying to climb on top of it.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Boeing B-47 StratojetIt was quite impressive to see and to think that this aircraft carried nuclear payloads during the Cold War, was somewhat of a sobering thought.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

As you can see, the two 20mm cannons have been removed from this aircraft.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

If you ever go down to Plattsburgh, NY, take the time to visit the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum.  It’s only two bucks to get in and have an inside look at a very interesting part of history.

Furthermore, you would  also be supporting an effort to preserve a part of the local history, one that was very important to the town of Plattsburgh.

Thanks for looking.

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