Boeing HC-97G 'Stratofreighter'
| G. Hartley|
Gig Harbor, WA
| Having worked on KC&HC-97 Engines at Pease AFB and Wheelus AFB, Libya, 1960-1965, I remember we carried Extra 55 Gal. cans of oil so the oil could be replunished through the center Oil tank. GBH |
04/06/2008 @ 14:46 [ref: 20353]
| Bill Galloway|
| My father was a flight engineer on both KC-97's and HC-97's. He changed over when the Air Force did away with the B-29's (in the 50's). He flew KC-9s out of Randolph and Schilling AFB, and flew the HC-97's out of Kindley AFB covering alot of the NASA shots in the early 1960's. He went to C-141's in 1966 flying out of Travis AFB. |
12/17/2005 @ 05:35 [ref: 12007]
| Aubry Johnson|
Santa Maria, CA
| The HC-97G was converted from KC-97g aircraft taken from the Strategic Air Command as the KC-135 aircraft replaced these fine airplanes.
The Boeing KC-97G were built especially for the Air Force as a tanker for the B-47, and differed from the B-377, used promarily by Pan American Airways, in that it had Hamilton Standard propellers which were hydralic operated as opposed to the electric control of the Pan Am models.
The Stratacruiser was not especially ideal for the low level operation required by search and rescue. The aircraft was pressurized and operated ideally at 15,000 to 20,000 feet. At low level the 4360 Pratt and Whitney engines eat oil at an alarming rate. The HC conversion included leaving some of the air refueling tanks as range extenders which gave it the ability to stay airborne for 25 or 30 hours...If you could keep from running out of oil for the engines.
I have 6000 hours in the HC-97G, KC-97G, and the KC-97J my time with the Air Rescue unit in Viet-Nam is very memorable.
08/30/2005 @ 14:49 [ref: 11129]