Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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