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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 200801
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Owner/operator:Boeing Airplane Company, Wichita Plant, Kansas,
Registration: 51-2389
MSN: 450442
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wichita Air Force Base (KIAB) (Boeing Plant ), Wichita, Kansas, USA -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
The aircraft was one of two B-47 Stratojets destroyed on the Boeing Airplane Company flight line following a fire and explosion that injured aircraft engine mechanic Bob Ferdman, who suffered burns and a broken left ankle, as he was exiting one of the aircraft, before it exploded.
Following a board of inquiry by the Boeing Company and Air Force, a statement was issued on the 26th March saying that the probable cause of the ground fuel fire, was a static electricity discharge, whose source could not be identified.
The Boeing Company was also concerned that aircraft on the flight line were not covered by insurance before delivery to the Air Force.


The Iola Register, KS - 23rd February 1953
The La Crosset Tribune, WI - 22nd February 1953
The Manhattan Mercury, KS - 26th March 1953
Atchison Daily Globe, KS - 26th March 1953

Revision history:

02-Nov-2017 17:17 TB Added
12-Jul-2020 22:59 Peter Clarke Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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