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 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.

A Boeing 377-10-32 with a c/n 15974 made its first flight September 1, 1949. The aircraft was
delivered to BOAC on November 15, 1949 as G-AKGH and named RMA “Caledonia”. In June
1950 this aircraft flew the heaviest load to ever cross the Atlantic up to that time. The aircraft sold
to Transocean Airlines, then American Overseas Airlines who became part of Pan Am. In 1963
the Aero Spacelines purchased the aircraft and in August 1967 it was destroyed in a ground
collision with another Aero Spaclines 377.

Specifications for the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser

First flight – July 8, 1947

Number produced – 56

Production ended - 1950

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

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)

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

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

Boeing 377 "Stratocruiser"
BOAC, G-AKGH "Caledonia", 1950s
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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.