On this day: December 17

Published On: Dec 14 2012 03:50:06 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 17 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

France recognizes America as a nation, the Wright brothers take flight, Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki in front of millions of TV viewers, and Kim Jong-il dies, all on this day.

OTD December 17 - XB47
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U.S. Air Force

1947: The XB-47 prototype of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber makes its maiden flight, flying from Boeing Field in Seattle to the Moses Lake Airfield in central Washington state in a flight that lasts just 27 minutes. The long-range, six-engined, jet-powered medium bomber was designed to fly at high subsonic speeds and at high altitudes to avoid enemy interception.

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