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Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker Military Aircraft

A total of 816 Boeing KC-97 Stratotankers were produced, the design was based on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber and featured the "flying boom" re-fuelling system, it was USAF's primary airborne refuelling tanker aircraft from 1950 until the introduction of the jet engine powered Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker in 1957, it is of note that the Air National Guard continued to operate the Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker until 1978.

Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker Military Aircraft

 

Boeing KC-97L Stratotanker Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer and fuel boom operator
  • Capacity: 9,000 gal (34,000 L) of jet fuel
  • Length: 117 ft 5 in
  • Wingspan: 141 ft 2 in
  • Height: 38 ft 4 in
  • Empty weight: 82,500 lb
  • Loaded weight: 153,000 lb
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 175,000 lb
  • Engines: Twin 5,790 lbf  General Electric J47-GE-23 turbojets and four 3,500 hp Pratt & Whitney R-4360-59 radial engines
  • Maximum speed: 400 mph
  • Cruise speed: 230 mph
  • Range: 2,300 mi
  • Service ceiling 30,000 ft
 

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