C97

BOEING C-97 Stratofreighter

Aircraft
Name
C-97 Stratofreighter
Manufacturer
Wing
Fixed Wing
WTC
M
Type Code
L4P
Engine
Piston
Engine Count
Multi
Manufacturered as
BOEING C-97 Stratofreighter
BOEING Stratofreighter

C97

The Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter was a long-range heavy military cargo aircraft based on the B-29 bomber. Design work began in 1942, with the prototype's first flight being on 9 November 1944, and the first production aircraft entered service in 1947. Between 1947 and 1958, 888 C-97s in several versions were built, 816 being KC-97 tankers. C-97s served in the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Some aircraft served as flying command posts for the Strategic Air Command, while others were modified for use in Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadrons (ARRS).

Technical Data
Wing span (metric)
43.10 m
Length (metric)
33.70 m
Height (metric)
11.70 m
Powerplant

4 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360B Wasp Major radial engines, 2,610 kW 28-cylinders each.

Engine Model(s)
Pratt & Whitney R-4360
Indicative Performance Data
Take-Off
V2
n/a
Distance
n/a
MTOW
79370 kg
Initial Climb (to 5000 ft)
IAS
n/a
ROC
n/a
Initial Climb (to FL150)
IAS
n/a
ROC
n/a
Initial Climb (to FL240)
IAS
n/a
ROC
n/a
MACH Climb
MACH
n/a
ROC
n/a
Cruise
TAS
260 kts
MACH
n/a
Ceiling
350
Range
3730 NM
Initial Descent (to FL240)
MACH
n/a
ROD
1000 ft/min
Descent (to FL100)
IAS
240 kts
ROD
1430 ft/min
Descent (FL100 & below)
IAS
270 kts
MCS
n/a
ROD
1500 ft/min
Approach
Vapp (IAS)
n/a
Distance
n/a

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