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BOEING C-97 Stratofreighter

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Name C-97 Stratofreighter
Manufacturer BOEING
Wing Fixed Wing
WTC Medium
Type code L4P
Engine Piston
Engine count Multi
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

BOEING C-97 Stratofreighter
BOEING Stratofreighter

BOEING C-97 Stratofreighter

BOEING C-97 Stratofreighter


The Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter was a long-range heavy military cargo aircraft based on the B-29 bomber. Design work began in 1942, with the prototype's first flight being on 9 November 1944, and the first production aircraft entered service in 1947. Between 1947 and 1958, 888 C-97s in several versions were built, 816 being KC-97 tankers. C-97s served in the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Some aircraft served as flying command posts for the Strategic Air Command, while others were modified for use in Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadrons (ARRS).

Technical Data

Wing span 43.1 m141.404 ft
Length 33.7 m110.564 ft
Height 11.7 m38.386 ft
Powerplant 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360B Wasp Major radial engines, 2,610 kW 28-cylinders each.
Engine model Pratt & Whitney R-4360

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 260 kts MACH IAS 240 kts IAS 270 kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 1430 ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 7937079,370 kg
79.37 tonnes
Ceiling FL350 ROD 1500 ft/min APC
WTC M Range 37303,730 nm
6,907,960 m
6,907.96 km
22,663,910.778 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C97

None on SKYbrary