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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156268
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:20-SEP-1951
Time:08:55 .
Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-47B Stratojet
Owner/operator: Air Proving Ground Command (AAE) USAF ( Air Proving Ground Command (AAE) United States Air Force)
Registration: 49-2645
MSN: 450014
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eielson Air Force Base (PAEI), North Star Borough, Alaska, -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Eielson AFB, Alaska
Destination airport:-
Narrative:
The aircraft was undergoing pre-flight checks on the flight line, when it suddenly burst into flames, and was destroyed, despite the base fire department attending the inferno within minutes. No personnel were injured during the incident. A Douglas C-47 Skytrain on the ramp next to the Stratojet was safely pushed clear by airmen at the height of the blaze.
An Eielson AFB spokesman declined to discuss details of the incident, due to the B47 being a 'restricted aircraft'. The incident was first reported to the press by civilians travelling on the Richardson Highway 2 that runs along side the base.
The aircraft was engaged on frequent test flights between the Boeing Company testing facility base at Moses Lake Airfield, Washington State and Eielson Air Force Base and was being operated by AAC Air Proving Ground Command (responsible for testing aircraft, weapon systems, munitions and equipment being used or for proposed use by the United States Air Force).

Sources:

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/.html
www.forgottenjets.warbirdsresourcegroup.org
B.47.com, Newspapers.com
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jet-Age-Man-Operations-Early-ebook/dp/B00COCM0XW#reader_B00COCM0XW
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/j.2161-4296.1955.tb00163.x
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, AL - 21st September 1951
Daily Sitka Sentinel, QAL - 20th September 1951
Morning News, DE - 21st September 1951
Thw Leader-Post, Saskatchewan, Canada - 21st September 1951
Great Falls Tribune, MT - 21st September


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2013 16:06 Uli Elch Added
05-Jun-2013 16:12 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
04-Oct-2013 19:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2017 20:11 TB Updated [Date, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jul-2020 19:58 Peter Clarke Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2020 15:51 Jixon Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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