STRATOFREIGHTER
STRATOFREIGHTER

Manufacturer

BOEING

Markings:

International Red Cross, Biafra, 1970

Designation:

C-97G

Registration:

HB-ILY

Serial Number:

52-2626

BOEING C-97G STRATOFREIGHTER

The Boeing C-97 was developed after a request by the U.S. Army Air Forces for a transport aircraft based on the B-29. The landing gear wings and tail from the B-29 were adapted for use with a distinctive double bubble pressurized fuselage to create the C-97. First flown in 1945 the C-97 proved to be a very successful and versatile aircraft. Boeing modified the design slightly to create their first post-war airliner, the Boeing 377. Later C-97s were modified to serve as aerial refueling tankers by the USAF. C-97s and 377s also served as the basis for the giant Super Guppy transports.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in
  • Length: 110 ft 4 in
  • Height: 38 ft 3 in
  • Weight: 142,500 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 340 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 33,000 ft
  • Range: 4,200 miles
  • Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major radials, 3,500 hp each
  • Crew: 5