The B-47 Stratojet at the Kansas Aviation Museum will get a new paint job Saturday thanks to members of the law firm of Klenda, Mitchell, Austerman and Zuercher.
The war bird at the Kansas Aviation Musuem is on loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It was retrieved from the Oklahoma state fairgrounds in 2007.
The plane was assembled last summer through a contribution from business owners Brad and Carol Murray. Brad Murray died in early 2009. Once the painting is complete, insignia will be reinstalled and Murray’s name will appear as Capt. Brad Murray just below the cockpit canopy.
B-47 Stratojets were built to fly at high subsonic speeds and at high altitudes. The plane was the country’s first swept-wing multi-engine bomber and was considered to have revolutionized aircraft design. Every large jet aircraft flying today is a variant of the B-47.
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The planes were built from 1947 to 1956 . More than 2,030 of them were produced.
Members of the law firm will join regular museum volunteers to roll a fresh coat of paint onto the plane. Painting will begin by 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Anyone wishing to help should bring a paint roller frame and short nap roller and arrive at the museum no later than 8:30 a.m., museum officials said.