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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233235
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing XB-47 Stratojet
Owner/operator:Boeing Aircraft Company
Registration: 46-065
MSN: 15972
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Moses Lake, Washington State -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Moses Lake Air Force Base (Boeing Company testing facility) (KMWH) Washington
Destination airport:Moses Lake Air Force Base (Boeing Company testing facility) (KMWH) Washington
The aircraft had been returned to the Boeing Testing Facility Airfield at Moses Lake Air Force Base by the USAF for further flight testing. Test pilot Edward Scott Osler was on a test flight, checking out the automatic pilot in descent, when the cockpit canopy blew off, killing him. The co-pilot James A. Fraser took over command of the aircraft and landed safely back at base without injury to himself or the other crew member, John Fornasero, Chief of flight tests for Boeing Aircraft Engineering Division.

Sources: - B47 46-065,,
Spokane Chronicle, WA - 12th May 1949
Spokane Review, WA - 13th May 1949

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

18 Aug 1951 46-065 Boeing Aircraft Company 0 Larson Air Force Base (Moses Lake AFB before May 1950), Washington Sta w/o

Revision history:

25-Feb-2020 18:21 Peter Clarke Added
19-Mar-2020 08:44 Peter Clarke Updated [Registration]
11-Apr-2020 11:53 Peter Clarke Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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