The Boeing 377 Stratocruiser was the commercial version of the C-97 Stratofreighter. The two-
level 377 was pressurized and could accommodate 50 to 100 passengers. On long flights the
aircraft could accommodate 28 upper and lower bunk units. This led to the aircraft being referred
to as the “Flying Hotel”. The 377 was larger and could fly further than the Constellation or the
DC-6 but the engines and complexity of the aircraft proved to be too costly to operate bringing
production to an end in 1950.

HB-ILW began life as a Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter 52-2734 c/n 16765 and was later
converted to a C-97G and spent time with the 180 ATS/139 ATG, MO ANG. In 1969 the aircraft
became the property of Balair Air Lines of Switzerland and was used for the International Red
Cross by the Foundation for Airborne Relief in the Biafran Air Lift. Due to years of severe drought
humanitarian aid was sent from around the world. In March 1970 the aircraft was arrived at
MASDC to be stored and eventually scrapped.


Specifications for the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser

First flight – July 8, 1947

Number produced – 56

Production ended - 1950

Accommodations
Main deck - Up to 100 passengers
Lower deck lounge – 14 passengers
Typical seating – 63 – 84 passengers
Converted to berths for long distance – 28 + five seated

Performance
Engines – (4) Pratt and Whitney R-4360-B6 Wasp Major 28-cylinder radial engines producing
3,500 hp each and powering four-bladed propellers
Maximum speed – 375 mph   (603 km/h)
Normal cruise speed – 301 mph   (483 km/h)
Maximum cruise – 340 mph   (547 km/h)
Range – 4,200 miles   (6,760 km)   (3,650 nmi)
Service ceiling – 32,000 ft   (9,800 m)

Weight
Empty – 83,500 lb   (67,133 kg)
Gross – 145,000 lb   (65,770 kg)

Dimensions
Length – 110 ft 4 in   (33.63 m)
Wingspan – 141 ft 3 in   (43.05 m)
Height – 38 ft 3 in   (11.66 m)

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Boeing C-97
BALAIR HB-ILW
"International Red Cross"
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
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