09/30/2011. Remarks by Jack Kovacs: "Pictured is one of three EB-47E(TT) aircraft (other two s/n 53-2316 c/n 4501129, 53-2320 c/n 4501133) converted from the B-47E for TELINT (telemetry intelligence). The EB-47E(TT), or Tell-Two, aircraft mission was to collect and record telemetry from Russian missile and space launches. Intelligence analysts used the collected data to determine the properties/parameters of the launched vehicles.
The Tell-Two aircraft carried a Strategic Air Command crew of five: two pilots, one navigator, two EWOs (Electronic Warfare Officer). The EWOs operated electronic gathering equipment located in a capsule inserted in the bomb-bay area of the aircraft. Two large external antennae were located on each side of the fuselage near the cockpit.
The three EB-47E(TT) aircraft served from 1958 until 1967. For collecting against launches, the aircraft operated mostly from a base in Turkey, from an alert status, flying radio silent, top secret missions into Iran, next to the Turkmenistan - Iranian border or sometimes over the Black Sea. Other locations were in the South Pacific to collect data on missiles landing in the mid-Pacific missile range.
53-2320 crashed on landing and was destroyed at Incirlik, April 3, 1965, after holding, waiting to land because of excessive crosswinds. Finally, getting too low on fuel to divert to another base, the aircraft had to land in a high marginal crosswind situation, started porpoising on touchdown, and crashed at the end of the runway, killing two crewmembers. The other two aircraft ended up in the bone yard at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona, USA in November 1967 and were scrapped in January 1969."