Boeing KC-97G '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
51-7260 / 51-7271, 52-826 / 52-859, 52-860 / 52-893, 52-894 / 52-929, 52-930 / 52-938, 52-2602 / 52-2628 , 52-2629 / 52-2664 , 52-2665 / 52-2700 , 52-2701 / 52-2736 , 52-2737 / 52-2772 , 52-2773 / 52-2806 , 53-0106 / 53-0365 , 53-3815 / 53-3816 , 53-3817 / 53-3824

Examples of this type may be found at
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Strategic Air Command MuseumAshlandNebraska

KC-97G on display

Pima Air & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 George E Weekley
 cibolo, TX
I was a flight engineer on the KC-97-E,F and G models and the C-97-G model. Stationed at Randolph AFB from 1957-1963, Pease AFB 1963-1965. Then Wiesbaden AFB 1972-1975. I am
presently a member of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation where we are working to get our C-97-G model serial# 52-2718 in the air. As we speak Tim Chopp the Pres.of our org is at Floyd Bennett field in New York City, working on the aircraft. If you have ever listened to the purr of a 4360-35,65,or 59b or watched one of those beutiful birds fly,go to the web page, berlinairlift historicalfoundation, sign up and come help us get this beautiful bird back into the air.
10/27/2014 @ 04:05 [ref: 68724]
 Don Bradley
 York, PA
If anyone knows where I can listen to an R-4360-59B engine running please get back to me. I would do almost anything to hear one of these wonderful engines cranking and starting. Nothing in this world can match the sounds of that. A ton of smoke and then a smooth running engine. Awesome.
04/26/2014 @ 08:49 [ref: 68463]
 Ken Tarwater
 Kansas City, MO
It is great to see comments about guys telling where and when they served and asking for former friends to get in touch. I have to tell you about my squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing stationed from 1954 to 1965 at Lincoln AFB, Lincoln, Nebraska. The camaraderie of this group of B-47 and KC-97 Officers and Airman is one of the greatest stories told during these years of the Cold War. Major General Pete Todd (Deceased 2013) was a member of this squadron and writes the foreword of "Cold War Cornhuskers"Written by 307th SAC Brat Author Mike Hill. It took Mike many years to write this story which he said many times it was a labor of love. All that served at Lincoln during these years was able to tell their story and send pictures to Mike Hill. Gen Todd tells in the foreword what he believes enabled this group to thrive after the Base closed in 1965. Because of this 307th Bomb Wing Association I am able to keep up with many of the fellows that I worked and went TDY all over the world with. When one takes his last flight, I get to say Goodbye Friend, see you soon. I served in the 307th ARS, Lincon AFB from July 1956 to 1960, A1c Ken Tarwater
03/19/2014 @ 12:21 [ref: 68424]
 Ernest O Brown
 Sonora, CA
I was a navigator with the 70th ARS at Little Rock from mid 1961 until late 1963 when I went to the 509th at Pease. When that squadron closed, I finished my 97 time with the 100th at Pease. Even with Goose Bay, Sondestrom, Frobisher and a Reflex tour, it was still some of the best duty I had in almost 20 years as a navigator. I must admit, though, we did have a tendency to call the plane the Boeing tri-moter. I completed very few missions on all four engines, especially at Little Rock where most of our missions were supporting the B-47 crew upgrade program of the 70 Bomb Wing.
03/10/2014 @ 15:46 [ref: 68414]
 Charles Landis
 New Braunfels, TX

First duty assignment,1956,509th AREFS, Walker AFB, NM.. Maintenance, then changed to OMS. 58, the wing moved to Pease AFB, NH. Spent a tour at the Goose, transient alert, handled a lot of 97s going onto the alert pad. Next assignment, 376th OMS, Lockbourne AFB. OH. Assigned as asst cc on 53-136, till I went to March AFB, in 63. Got out in 64 and spent time with the CAL ANG, on 97s.
For all those, that loved the 97, my chance came, in 95. I went to work with a outfit in Corpus Christie, TX., that owned a surplus 97. Helped them pull the annual on 52-2718, and worked that airplane in AK. We hauled salmon from the outlying ports to the cannery at Kenai. You want something that will make you fill young again, try it. That plane has now been restored and is owned by the Berlin Airlift Association. She is supposed to be a flying museum. She is painted in the same colors as the XC-97, that was used during the Berlin Airlift. Believe me, I didn't know a 97 was used then. Google her tail number, for more info.
Of all the 97,s I worked on, 52-2718 and 52-2698 are the only 2 remaining flyable 97s left. My old girl friend, 52-2697, my first acft in 56, She is a static display at Grissom ARB, IN. I got the chance to go inside her a couple of years ago. Many good memories.

01/13/2014 @ 11:11 [ref: 68295]
 Don Bradley
 York, PA
Hey Bill: I was lucky with taking our squadron aircraft to IRAN which was at that time at Olmstead AFB near Harrisburg, PA. Since my home in York was 21 miles away I was the guy picked to ferry the aircraft back and forth. I got to stay at home for a week, then take an aircraft back to Westover and then repeat. I did this for several months. Good duty to say the least. We had prop retrofits and some other upgrades done there. Still nothing in the world better sounding than those R-4360's running up. The smells and sounds! That was better duty than being on Alert at Sondrestrom AFB or Harmon AFB in the cold. Just to relive a few flights on the great KC-97's would be awesome. I just spent a week with my old room mate reliving old time. A1C Bobby R. Lambert of 52-635. Neither one of can hear a dang thing but we had fun.
01/11/2014 @ 05:22 [ref: 68293]
 Bill Daugherty
 Osage Beach, MO
My tour of duty was with 11th ARS from 3/1959 to 12/63.
The first base was Dyess AFB. Second base was Dover.
I would love to contact any one that served with me during this time
12/17/2013 @ 11:40 [ref: 68236]
 Ken Tarwater
 Kansas City, MO
Hi Don, I was at Westover a couple of times. Once when I was delivering our 97 from Lincoln AFB to Westover for either prop mods or APU mods, I don't remember now. I do remember they were very busy and they had to put us up in a downtown hotel while they test flew and worked the bugs out of the 97 we were taking back. The other time was when coming back from the Azores we overnighted there. The 307th ARS at Lincoln also had to rule that you had to be and NCO to Crew a 97. But because of a shortage of NCO's we had several A1c as Crew Chiefs but no A2c. As you said at the time rank was very hard to come by during those years. And lots of our NCO's were transfering to KC-135's.
11/26/2013 @ 14:47 [ref: 68187]
 Don Bradley
 York, PA
In my last post I mistakenly said I found a problem, not a problem just confusion. Our entire squadron was powered by R4360-59B engines. The specs here show R4360-35C. I'm not familiar with the 35C. Can anyone tell me what the difference was and when the upgraded engines started being used? Shoot me an email at donbradley1940@aol.com. I would love to hear from other KC-97G guys.
11/23/2013 @ 14:44 [ref: 68180]
 Donald F. Bradley
 York, PA
Reading the specs listed with this site I find a problem. The aircraft that I was assistant crew chief on had R-4360-59B engines. This was the entire group of KC-97G's assigned to Westover AFB in Massachusetts. Tail numbers from 53-218 through 53-239. We lost 53-222 which was replaced by 52-635. T/Sgt Frederick Lavigne was my flight leader and my crew chief's were: M/Sgt McDade and T/Sgt Ronald Davis. I became an activing temporary crew chief for seven months as an A/2C. Got orders to go to Clark Field in July of 1962 along with a fresh set of A/1C stripes but I chose to go home. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments. Thanks guys.
11/18/2013 @ 13:12 [ref: 68169]


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