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KC-97G Stratotanker

Item # HN-TAMC161

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# of Pieces
1
Aircraft
Prop
Branch
Air Force
Brand
Toys and Models
Era
WWII
Finish
Painted
Length (in.)
14.13
Material
Wood
Scale
1/100
Weight
2.9 lbs.
Wingspan (in.)
16.75
Year
1945

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  • U.S. Mid-Air Refueler
  • Propeller-driven aircraft, four engine
  • Handcrafted, hand-painted mahogany construction
  • Scale: 1/100th
  • Operators: U.S. Air Force, Spanish Air Force
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History needs more research

By SgtMac

from Fort Worth Texas

Comments about KC-97G Stratotanker:

Model is very well done but statements made in posted description is flawed. The Air Force of Spain never, I repeat, NEVER had or flew KC-97G model. The US air Force retired the last Kc-97G's from regular service when, in 1964 they transferred the last 12 aircraft to the Texas Air National Guard unit at Hensley Field {Dallas Naval Air Station} located in Grand Prairie Texas. I know, because I was a full time Technician working for the Air Guard maintaining aircraft electronics systems. The Air National Guard unit in ILL., made change from KB-50's to the 97 and found that the KB-50, with it's J-47 Jet pods on each wing, had much better performance. Since the 97 was developed from the B-50 bomber and shared many major components, they removed the extra fuel tanks on the Kc-97G's and replaced them with the Jet Pods from the last KB-50 they were still flying. This change gave the old KC-97 airframe new life. Air Force found they had made this mod, took aircraft away from them, tested it and found it was a very sound and safe modification. Air Force gave Hayes Aircraft in Georgia a contract to modify all of the KC-97G's being flown by Air National Guard units. Al of the required parts were pulled from the KB-50's which had been placed in storage to await being scrapped out. This made the modification cheap. It was this modification that extended the service life of the 97 airframe for more then 20 years. It also resulted in the type number of the KC-97 being changed from a "G" model to the a new model - KC-97L. The "L model" was never flown by the regular Air force. Now to the Spanish Air Force issue. When the 136th Air Refueling Wing, which I worked for, Started to change over to flying C-130's, Several of our KC-97L's were given to the Spanish Air Force and our unit was the trainers who trained and checked out the Spanish Air crews in Dallas Texas. You might like reading up on what the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units have done to support our national defense and at same time saving large amounts of your tax money. I retired from my electronics maintenance job after 35 years

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