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Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter - United States, 1951

Detailing the development and operational history of the Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter Strategic Air Tanker / Aerial Refueling Aircraft.

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Produced in over 800 examples from 1951 to 1956, the Boeing KC-97 served the air branches of the United States, Israel and Spain for a time.

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Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter Specifications

Service Year: 1951
Type: Strategic Air Tanker / Aerial Refueling Aircraft
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Boeing Company - USA
Total Production: 811

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 6
Overall Length: 117.45 feet (35.8 meters)
Overall Width: 141.08 feet (43.00 meters)
Overall Height: 38.39 feet (11.70 meters)

Weight (Empty): 82,497 lb (37,420 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 175,003 lb (79,380 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x General Electric J47-GE-23 turbojet engines developing 5,790 lb of thrust each; 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360-59 radial piston engines developing 3,500 horsepower.

Maximum Speed: 348 knots (401 mph; 645 kph)
Maximum Range: 1,998 nautical miles (2,299 miles; 3,700 km)
Service Ceiling: 30,003 feet (9,145 meters; 5.68 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Israel; Spain; United States

Model Variants

KC-97 - Base Series Designation

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