Science: Birth of a Bomber

How long does it take to build a new bomber and train airmen to use it? Twice as long as it takes to send a boy through college. By the time the U.S. Air Force officially takes delivery of Boeing's new swept-wing B-47 bomber (in the next few weeks), and "activates" the first B-47 group some eight or ten months later, roughly eight years will have elapsed since Boeing first started work on the ship.

Boeing was confronted with almost insurmountable problems in building the B-47 Stratojet. To begin with, there was no money available...

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