Boeing VC-137 / C-137 Stratoliner
United States (1959)
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Despite their 1950s heritage, boeing VC-137 Stratoliners remain in acitve service with the United States Air Force into 2014.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Boeing VC-137 / C-137 Stratoliner Government VIP Transport. Entry last updated on 4/25/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
VC-137A were the original early acquired marks and numbered three examples. These were internally configured to seat twenty-two in comfort with extra equipment to serve occupants as an Airborne Command Post (ACP). Power was served through 4 x Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet engines. These aircraft were then redesignated as VC-137B. The VC-137B was refitted with 4 x Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3 turbofan engines and they, themselves, would later be known under the C-137B designation.
Beginning in 1961, the USAF procured an additional Boeing 707 aircraft (707-353B) and assigned it the VC-137C designation to serve the President of the United States and staff members. A second example followed in 1972 and, as with the earlier VC-137Bs, the VC-137C became known as C-137C.
The EC-137D designation was reserved for related Early Warning and Control System (EWAC) aircraft prototypes and numbered two. These then evolved under the E-3A "Sentry" designation to become their own notable Boeing 707 offshoot, serving with several world powers including NATO.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (628mph).
Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
Graph showcases the Boeing VC-137B Stratoliner's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.