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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 9 November 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 KC-97 Stratofreighter was an aerial refueling tanker variant of the C-97 Stratofreighter (which was itself based on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress), greatly modified with all the necessary tanks, plumbing, and "flying boom." The cavernous upper deck was capable of accommodating oversize cargo accessed through a very large right-side door. In addition, transferrable jet fuel was contained in tanks on the lower deck (G-L models). Both decks were heated and pressurized for high altitude operations.

Below is a list of some of the airframes that survived military service.

52-905  (D-15)
52-2624  (D-95)
52-2626  (D-03)
52-2630  (D-03)
52-2718  (A-04)
52-2764  (D-05)
52-2965  (S-03)
  53-0151  (D-03)
53-0189  (D-04)
53-0198  (D-03)
53-0200  (PD-03)
53-0208  (D-04)
53-0218  (D-06)
53-0230  (D-04)
  53-0272  (D-03)
53-0283  (D-06)
53-0298  (D-03)
53-0327  (D-04)
53-0354  (D-03)
53-0363  (D-04)
53-3816  (S-01)

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