Boeing KC-97G Stratotanker

The Boeing KC-97 is the refueling tanker version of the C-97 Stratofreighter, a 74-ton multi-purpose airplane combining both transport and aerial refueling tanker capabilities. The Strategic Air Command, the Military Air Transport Service, and the Air National Guard flew this aircraft during the 1950s through the 1970s.

Used as a personnel carrier, the C-97 accommodated 96 fully equipped combat troops. As a flying ambulance, its capacity was 69 litter patients, their medical attendants, and supplies. With refueling equipment installed, these loads were reduced to 65 troops or 49 litter patients. The C-97 could also carry light tanks, artillery pieces (up to 155-mm howitzers), ambulances, and 2 1/2-ton trucks.

Unlike most of the aircraft in the Museum's collection, KC-97G Serial Number 243 is not a complete aircraft. Storage of such a large aircraft is a problem, and therefore only those parts considered to be technically significant were transferred from Davis-Monthan AFB in July 1979. The nose section is a representative C-97 cockpit and at the same time is typical of a cockpit of a conventionally powered aircraft of this size, and the aft section, containing the Boom Operators position and the inflight-refueling boom were acquired to preserve that technology.