Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter / Military Air Transport Service

Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter. 1:200

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The Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter was a long-range heavy military cargo aircraft developed from the B-29 and B-50 bombers. Design work began in 1942, the first of 3 prototype XC-97s flew on 9 November 1944 (none saw combat), and the first of 6 service-test YC-97s flew on 11 March 1947. All these (9) were based on the 24ST alloy structure and Wright R-3350 engines of the B-29 but with a larger-diameter fuselage upper lobe (making a figure of eight or 'double-bubble'section) and they had the B-29 vertical tail with the gunners position blanked off. The first of 3 heavily revised YC-97A incorporating the re-engineered wing ( higher strength 75ST alloy), taller vertical tail and larger Pratt and Whitney R-4360 engines of the B-50 bomber, flew on 28 January 1948 and was the basis of the subsequent sole YC-97B , all production C-97s , KC-97s and civilian Stratocruiser aircraft . Between 1944 and 1958, 888 C-97s in several versions were built, 811 being KC-97 tankers. C-97s served in the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Some aircraft served as flying command posts for the Strategic Air Command, while others were modified for use in Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadrons (ARRS).

Manufacturer: Boeing

Model: C-97 Stratofreighter

Role: Military transport aircraft

Operator: Military Air Transport Service

First flight: 9 November 1944

Introduction: 1947

Retired: 1978

Primary users:

Produced: 1944–1952

Number built: 77 (total of 888 in all variants)

Unit cost: $1,205,000

Developed from: Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Boeing B-50 Superfortress


Crew: 5–6 (Pilot, Copilot, Navigator, Flight engineer, 1–2 Loadmasters)

Capacity: 134 troops or 69 stretchers or tanker equipment

Length: 110 ft 4 in (33.7 m)

Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in (43.1 m)

Height: 38 ft 3 in (11.7 m)

Wing area: 1,734 ft² (161.1 m²)

Empty weight: 82,500 lb (37,410 kg)

Useful load: 37,500 lb (17,010 kg)

Loaded weight: 120,000 lb (54,420 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 175,000 lb (79,370 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney R-4360B Wasp Major radial engines, 3,500 hp (2,610 kW) 28-cylinders each

Maximum speed: 375 mph (603 km/h)

Cruise speed: 260 knots (300 mph, 482 km/h)

Range: 4,949 mi (4,300 nm, 6,920 km)

Ferry range: 5,000 nm (5,760 mi, 9,270 km)

About the model:

Manufacturer: Amercom

Scale: 1:200

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