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USAF Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter Military Transport - Military Air Transport Service (MATS), 1950 (1:200 Scale)
USAF Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter Military Transport - Military Air Transport Service (MATS), 1950

Amercom USAF Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter Military Transport - Military Air Transport Service (MATS), 1950

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Amercom ACLB18 USAF Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter Military Transport - Military Air Transport Service (MATS), 1950 (1:200 Scale)

"In relations with many domestically weak countries, a radio transmitter can be a more effective form of pressure than a squadron of B-52's."
- Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State during the Nixon administration

The Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter is a long-range heavy military cargo aircraft developed from the B-29 and B-50 bombers. Design work began in 1942, with the prototype's first flight being on November 9th, 1944, and the first production aircraft entered service in 1947. Between 1947 and 1958, 888 C-97s in several versions were built, 811 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).

The C-97 Stratofreighter was developed towards the end of World War II by fitting an enlarged upper fuselage onto a lower fuselage and wings which were essentially the same as those of the B-29 Superfortress with the tail, wing, and engine layout being nearly identical. It was built before the death of Boeing president Philip G. Johnson. It can be easily distinguished from the 377 Stratocruiser by the "beak" radome beneath the nose and by the flying boom and jet engines on later tanker models.

The prototype XC-97 was powered by the 2,200 hp (1,600 kW) Wright R-3350 engine, the same as used in the B-29. The XC-97 took off for its first flight on November 9th, 1944.

The tenth and all subsequent aircraft were fitted with the taller fin and rudder of the B-50 Superfortress. The C-97 had clamshell doors under its tail, so that a retractable ramp could be used to drive in cargo. However, unlike the later Lockheed C-130 Hercules, it was not designed as a combat transport which could deliver directly to primitive forward bases using relatively short takeoffs and landings. The rear ramp could not be used in flight for air drops. YC-97 Stratofreighter 45-59590 with the shorter fin of the B-29 (1947)

On January 9th, 1945, the first prototype, piloted by Major Curtin L. Reinhardt, flew from Seattle to Washington, DC in 6 hours 4 minutes, an average speed of 383 mph (616 km/h) with 20,000 lb (9,100 kg) of cargo, which was for its time impressive for such a large aircraft. Production models featured the 3,500 hp (2,600 kW) Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major engine, the same engine as for the B-50.

The C-97 had a useful payload of 35,000 lb (16,000 kg) and could carry two normal trucks, towed artillery, or light tracked vehicles such as the M56 Scorpion. The C-97 was also the first mass-produced air transport to feature cabin pressurization, which made long range missions somewhat more comfortable for its crew and passengers.

The civilian derivative of the C-97 was the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, a very luxurious transoceanic airliner which featured a lower deck lounge and could be fitted with sleeper cabins. The first Stratocruiser flew on July 8th, 1947. Only 56 were built.

Pictured here is a 1:200 scale replica of a USAF Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter military transport that was attached to the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) during 1950. Now in stock!

Wingspan: 10-inches
Length: 8-1/2-inches

Release Date: December 2016

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction
  • Spinning propellers
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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