Boeing KC-97F 'Stratofreighter'

  Base model:C-97
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Tanker

  Length: 117' 5" 35.7 m
  Height:38' 3" 11.6 m
  Wingspan: 141' 3" 43.0 m
  Wingarea: 1,769.0 sq ft 164.3 sq m
  Empty Weight: 82,500 lb 37,414 kg
  Gross Weight: 175,000 lb 79,365 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-4360-35C

  Range: 4,300 miles 6,924 km
  Max Speed: 375 mph 603 km/h 325 kt
  Climb: 20,000 ft/min 6,095 m/min
  Ceiling: 30,200 ft 9,204 m

Known serial numbers
51-0243 / 51-0254, 51-0255 / 51-0278, 51-0279 / 51-0302, 51-0303 / 51-0326, 51-0327 / 51-0350, 51-0327 / 51-0350 , 51-0351 / 51-0374 , 51-0375 / 51-0397 , 51-7256 / 51-7259

Examples of this type may be found at
Castle Air MuseumAtwaterCalifornia


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 Robert E. Bob Brown
 Prattville, AL
I remember the crash on take off. The plane lost power and should have kept heading onto the overrun where a ditch would have collapsed the gear. I had just got out of the 321st after 3 years as a navigator with Capt Shirley, Nelson Oneill, Sgt Danewitz,and James Welch. T-33. 256. The pilot on 0254 was Capt Dondanville, with Paul Clark Nav and Hugh Golden FE. The turned off the runway at a high rate of speed and collapsed the right side gear. The KC was heading for two C-124's on the refueling positions at Lajas in the Azores. The plane skidded to a halt and caught fire. I saw Golden when I was doing a reserve tour at MATS in Charleston. They all got out using their primary emergency exit per all that SAC training. Golden had short legs and a back back parachute. It was tough on the F models with the twin tanks on the main deck and you had to get to the over the wing exit. They all got out and Dondanville went out the Pilots window which was high with the gear collapsed. He was just out the window when the plane blew up and he fell and broke his leg.

They also lost 0244 "Old Smoky" on that trip. Major Abraham was on that plane when it ditched. Lt Col Gaylord had just got his eagles after getting the 321st in good shape and was back at Lockbourne. Maj Abraham became the commander and was promoted to Lr.Col. Gaylord had lost no planes and Bruce Abraham lost 2 in his first month as commander. He was in the ditched aircraft which lost no one and kept floating and was finally sunk by gun fire.
12/10/2015 @ 22:24 [ref: 69354]
 John Gould
 Anderson, IN
I was a Radio op with the 54th Air rescue unit at Goose Bay, Labrador 1955-56. There was a KC-97 that blew up at 8 thousand ft.. Some of us volunteered to fly out to the crash site and recover more body parts for more blood tests. One crew member had not been id'd. The second day we located the BO in one piece. He had landed feet first and died crawling out from the hole he created in the soft ground. His pod had been blown off. I cannot remember the location. Anyone remember this ? The area, we were told, there had never been a white man ever reported in this area. We flew in with just a few of us in a H-19 or an H-21. I will soon be 80 so my mem. is a little short when remembering the location only. There were 6 crew members on the KC-97. A few months later I was transferred to a Air Refieling unit at Lake Charles, AFB. homebrewer7@gmail.com
12/10/2015 @ 01:32 [ref: 69353]
 L/C Russ Sharples USAF (Ret)
 , AZ
I flew the KC-97 after pilot training at Schilling AFB as a co-pilot in 1957 to 1959. While TDY at Thule AB, Greenland we landed at Alert AB on Ellesmere Island, Canada due to fuel flow problems in Nov '58. Our airplane was 51-0327. After manually transferring fuel from the deck tanks to the wing tanks we departed about 5 days later for Thule.
The crew was Capt. Alton Willms-A/C, Lt. Gerald Blake-N, T/Sgt Gerald Cassidy-FE, S/Sgt Wally Koberstein-BO and Airman Richardson-RO.
06/11/2014 @ 18:40 [ref: 68509]
I was an assistant crew chief on the kc97f tanker tail no 51-0254 that crashed on take off in the Azors may 10, 1957.

The cause of this crash was pilot error, I have seen 1 photo after the crash and wondered if anyone had more photos or information on ths crash.

Someone wrote an article describing what the remembered of this accident but left no wat to get in contact with them also the crash picture was posted by mr.Tidwell.

I would appreciate any information.

03/20/2013 @ 09:46 [ref: 67671]
 Mearl Grisham
 Denton, TX
I was radio op in ARS 2 Castle AFB, 1955 - 1957, on Capt Banks crew then Capt Dallas Crew. I was there when Capt Easterlings crew went down off the end of the runway. (Prop came off #3 eng, killed all aboard) I still have a copy of the Base newspaper with all the Crewmembers. I was originally assigned for that crew.
08/10/2011 @ 13:17 [ref: 45987]
 Lynn Sutton
 , IL
Try here for some info on the KC-97G, # 52-2711 crashed 29 Oct 1957

or the Smithsonian Air & Space magazine

KC-97G, # 52-2711 crashed 29 Oct 1957, 35 miles north of Flagstaff. 2711 departed at 6:30am from Walker AFB in Roswell, New Mexico, for a 9-hour, low-level survey flight that would take the plane over the southwestern United States. The purpose was to determine minimum flight restrictions for B-47's on this newly developed route. The KC-97 was to fly at an altitude of 1,000 feet above the ground, observing and documenting any possible obstacles in its path.....

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05/16/2011 @ 19:12 [ref: 38079]
 Jim Webb
 Navarre, FL
KC-97F 51-0392 belonged to the 91st Air Refueling Squadron. It was stationed at Lockbourne AFB, Ohio.
01/29/2008 @ 15:04 [ref: 19460]
 Ben Sheaffer
 , PA
I just got ahold of an oxygen bottle marked A/C 51-392, KC-97-F. This was most likely removed at Olmstead Air Force base in Middletown, PA some years ago. If anybody knows anything about this particular SN I'd like to hear it.
05/07/2007 @ 11:04 [ref: 16423]
 Ralph F. Wetmore
 wildomar, CA
I was a crewmember on a KC-97F 1954-1956
90th ARS, Castle AFB, Atwater, CA, 1955 Sqdn. transferred
341st ARS, Dow AFB, Bangor, ME
Flight Crew # T-09
A/C Capt. Thomas V. Connor, L. I., NY
Co-Pilot 1st. Lt. David Lenz
Navigator 2nd. Lt. Doug Ford
Flt. Engr. M/Sgt William R. Taylor
Radio Opr. S/Sgt Ralph F. Wetmore, Downey, CA
Boom Opr. S/Sgt A. C. Colecleasure
03/28/2006 @ 10:41 [ref: 12955]
 Carol Bowers
 Springfield, OH
Searching for Gina "Hicks" Greene
rodnginger@earthlink.net, SC

Birth father, Major David C. Mills,
Baytown, TX
was also killed aboard
the KC-97F on October 29, 1957
with 16 crew aboard in Gray Mountain, AZ
Anyone who knows where Gina is or anything
about this crash or Maj. David C. Mills,
PLEASE let me know. Thank you. 8-19-04

08/19/2004 @ 16:27 [ref: 8095]


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