Edwards Air Force Base added an old piece of history to their collection today

Posted at 1:23 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 16:23:35-04

The XB-47A Stratojet bomber, an icon of aerospace history, returned to Edwards Air Force Base today.

After completing flight testing at Edwards from 1948 to 1954, the prototype Stratojet spent the next six decades on static display at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois.

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The XB-47A was the precursor to the U.S. Air Force's strategic bomber aircraft family, to include the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit.  Its multi-engine and swept wing profile were major innovations in post-World War II combat jet design, which contributed to the development of modern commercial jet airliners.

The XB-47A was transported to the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards on seven large transport flatbed trailers.  Once the aircraft is re-assembled, it will be put on permanent display at the museum.