The Boeing Model 367 (military C-97) was based on the Boeing B-50 which was based on the
B-29. The B-50 incorporated a larger tail, more powerful engines, and numerous improvements
gained from operating the B-29. The Model 367 utilized all the improvements of the B-50 but only
used the lower portion of the fuselage. Combined with the new upper section the aircraft was
given its distinctive lobe shape. There were 888 C-97s built (counting 55 civil 377s) between
1947 and 1958.

The USAF began using the Boeing KC-97G (Stratotanker) Flying Boom Tanker in 1950. The KC-
97G had two decks that were both pressurized and heated. The upper deck was completely open
and used for cargo carrying while the lower deck carried tanks for jet fuel. The KC-97G variant
carried under-wing fuel tanks with 592 being built. This aircraft 52-2643 was operated by the
509th Air Refueling Squadron that was part of SAC Air Command stationed at RAF Greenham
Common in May 1956. This is the same year that SAC began phasing out the KC-97 in favor of
the KC-135.

Specifications Boeing KC-97G
Developed from the Boeing B-29
First flight - November 15, 1944
Boeing aircraft model number – 367
Number KC-97G produced - 592
Crew – 5

Length – 110 ft 4 in   (33.7 m)
Height – 38 ft 3 in   (11.7 m)
Wing Span – 141 ft   (43.1 m)

Empty – 82,500 lb   (37,410 kg)
Loaded – 120,000 lb   (54,420 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 175,000 lb   (79,370 kg)

Power Plant – 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360-59B Wasp Major radial engines, 3,500 hp
(2,610 kW)  27 cylinders/engine, 216 spark plugs

Maximum Speed – 375 mph   (603 km/h)
Cruise Speed – 300 mph   (260 knots or 482 km/h)
Range – 4,300 mi   (4,949 nm or 6,920 km)
Ferry Range – 5,760 mi   (5,000 nm or 9,270 km)
Service Ceiling – 30,200 ft   (9,205 m)

KC-97G Flying Boom Tanker s/n
52-2643, 509th Air Refuelling Sqn.,
Strategic Air Command,
RAF Greenham Common, May 1956
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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.