B-47 Stratojet - Plattsburgh, New York
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish
N 44° 40.880 W 073° 26.827
18T E 623067 N 4948724
Quick Description: "Pride of the Adirondacks"
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 10/13/2011 12:21:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMCV6C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 36

Long Description:
B-47s operated out of Plattsburgh as part of the 380th Bomb Wing from 1956 to 1965.

September, 1965 saw this plane depart Plattsburgh for SAC's Bombing and Navigation competition at Fairchild AFB in Washington. Six days later, Pride of the Adirondacks returned, hailed as the "World's Best B-47" after winning top honors in three of four competitions ('Best B-47 Crew, Bombing', 'Best B-47 Crew, Combined' and 'Best B-47 Unit'). The crew was Major Charles W. Patrick (aircraft commander), Captain John V. Wilcox (co-pilot) and Major Robert A. Wickland (navigator).

Within three weeks, the first B-47 departed for storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona as part of an accelerated phase-out of the type.

This is one of two aircraft on display in Clyde Lewis Park, land which was part of the base, adjacent to the Plattsburgh AFB Museum. Lewis was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross (among other honors) in WWII and became Commander-In-Chief of the VFW in 1949. He was instrumental in locating the Air Force Base in Plattsburgh in 1952.

Plaque Text:

This B-47 Strato-jet bomber stands as a lasting memorial to the valiant men who flew and supported B-47's from March 21, 1956 to December 14, 1965, while they were assigned to Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

This monument has been presented by the citizens of Plattsburgh as evidence of the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust which has existed between the base and the Plattsburgh, New York area since the inception of Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

Presented to Col. William Wall, Jr. and the personnel presently and heretofore assigned to Plattsburgh Air Force Base on March 21, 1966, the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Strategic Air Command.

Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Tail Number: (S/N): 0-32385

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Park

inside / outside: outside

Access restrictions:
None that I noticed.


Other Information:: Not listed

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