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Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (N117GA)

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November 7, 2017 departing Floyd Bennett Field, NY (Butch Moran)

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peterjp5
Nice Photo! but for the type, try C97.
CHRIS ROBEY
That's pretty much the equivalent of having another B29 airborne, except with a fabulous double bubble fuselage. Someone must luckily have very deep pockets!
cliff731
Chris... you are absolutely right! I hope this C-97G Stratofreighter makes a trip to Oshkosh and the EAA's "AirVenture" Fly-In for 2018!

The FAA Registry shows this Boeing C-97 to be owned by The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation of Farmingdale, New Jersey.

This Boeing started its service life as U.S.A.F. s/n 52-2718, a KC-97G-27-BO Stratofreighter, with Boeing's c/n of 16749, according to Mr. Joe Baugher's published information.

Joe further adds these comments regarding U.S.A.F. s/n 52-2718...

"...delivered to 98th Air Refuelling (Medium) Squadron Apr 27, 1954. Converted to KC-97L. To MASDC Sep 22, 1976. Sold Jul 17, 1981 to Kola Inc of Tucson, AZ as N1175K and converted to C-97G. Auctioned to GraceAire of TX for use in humanitarian supply missions as N117GA. Now airworthy with Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation of Farmingdale, NJ as N117GA "Angel of Deliverance" flying museum. Bears markings of YC-97A, later C-97A, 45-59595, the only Stratofreighter to be utilized in the Berlin airlift."
ian mcdonell
Great aircraft - thanks for the pic
Alan Brown
Great photo! Thanks!
Jim Quinn
I was stunned to see this one flying. I had no idea that there was a C-97 flying anywhere, let alone with some USAF paint scheme.
Doug Kinsley
Please convert it to a Stratocruiser. That would be wonderful!
cliff731
From what I have read, this photo captures this Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter's second flight since it was fully restored by The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation... and its "exodus" flight from the historic old Floyd Bennett Field at Marine Park in Brooklyn, New York City!

This photo shared by Kevin Kearney is also the first to show this Boeing with its FAA registration in Flight Aware's photo collection!
Gerrit K Spieker
Bueatiful, Started by Guard career at Floyd Bennet as a Technician on C-97 Simulator, vaccum tubes and all. Still a great bird, went to Nam in one
Gerrit K Spieker
Great shot. Started by Guard/AF career at Floyd Bennett Fld in '62 on C-97G as simulator tech. Flew a lot in them. Went ot Nam an back in 67, 110 hours...
Paul Wisgerhof
C-97-G to be exact. Built by Boeing in 1952. Owned by the Berlin Airlift Historical Association, but I don't know why since this plane obviously never flew in the airlift [1948-49].
cliff731
Paul Wisgerhof - You might note in my earlier comments the information provided by Joe Baugher indicates only one (1) Boeing Stratofreighter participated in the Berlin Airlift. That was a YC-97A, USAF s/n 45–59595, which was Boeing's c/n 15720 according to Mr. Baugher regarding that particular aircraft and he further added this information:

"...(45-)59595 saw extensive service in Berlin airlift, being the only Stratofreighter to be so used. Had to be be withdrawin (sic) May 1949 after damaged its undercarriage in a very heavy landing."

Perhaps it wasn't available for restoration or had been earlier broken up before the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation acquired a C-97.
Jeffrey Beaumont
Great Picture, thank you.
Jeffrey Beaumont
How old would this aircraft be?
rogera1b
Great photo! I thought I'd never see one of these in "modern times". Now, if only I could see it in person ...
John Rumble
Two these were still flying cargo out of KMIA in 1979 when when I moved there . If I saw them I would pull off the expressway to watch them take off. Corrosion corner in the NW corner of the airport. was a sight to behold, DC4's 6'6 and 7's, Connies ,C46s C47s radial engines and parts all over the place. Went to a DC6 auction one time just to look around. Heaven
jack higgins
I believe I spent some time Chasing this airplane for JP-4 While in the Air Force
Thomas Clark
I would imagine it is very difficult to find AV gas 115/145 if at all!
And those R-4360's were also very thirsty to say the least!!!
doug marshburn
There was a few of these still being used in the early 60 's when I was in the U.S.A.F.I worked air freight , I never like working them that much .
Lovely photo Kevin .
cliff731
Jeffrey Beaumont - This aircraft was authorized for procurement by the U.S.A.F. during the then U.S. Government's FY 1952 calendar, which at that time would have been from 01 July 1951 to 30 June 1952. Actual production by Boeing followed by eventual acceptance by and delivery to the U.S.A.F. might have well been during the next FY 1953... or perhaps even the following FY 1954.

The last two digits of the FY (fiscal year) is used by the U.S.A.F. as the first two digits of the service's aircraft serial numbering scheme followed by a dash (-) and at that time, three (3) digits were added which represented the sequence that an aircraft was "authorized" and funds were allocated for that procurement.

In this case, the actual assigned U.S.A.F. serial number for this specific C-97 was 52-2718.

However, I'll note that FY 1952 was a busy year for the Air Force and the "sequence number" component of those aircraft serials ran into the four (4) and then five (5) digit ranges!

There are some exceptions to this, of course, and unique "rules" apply to how such serial numbers are generally displayed on U.S.A.F. aircraft.

The U.S. Navy uses an entirely different serialization scheme based upon sequential "bureau numbers" with no reference to the FY of authorization for procurement.

For more information on the serial numbers assigned to U.S. military aircraft, I will encourage you to read Mr. Joe Baugher's superb information and research into this topic:

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/navyserials.html
Thomas Burnett
WOW! It's been a long time since I've seen one of these!
fholbert
Wow! Very nice seeing that old bird in the air. Thanks.
cliff731
The last flying C-97 as I recall seeing was a KC-97L, circa 1977 - 1978, and it was in the markings of the Texas Air National Guard's 181st Air Refueling Squadron of the 136th Air Refueling Wing.
Doug Zalud
Wow! That's a beauty! Nice shot.
Lucius Gravely
When I went to ORD in 1973, the Guard used KC-97's. They always seemed to go out on a mission when we were real busy and returned with one engine out--necessitating emergency handling! Just great with extremely heavy traffic conditions.
Kevin Kearney Photo Uploader
This was the first takeoff in many years. Departing Floyd Bennett Field enroute to MJX, then on to RDG. For more info visit www.spiritoffreedom.org
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