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KC-97 Stratotanker Model

Boeing KC 97 Stratotanker Refueling Wood Model Airplane

$149.98

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KC-97 Stratotanker Model


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Museum quality Boeing KC97 Stratotanker mahogany model airplane, perfect gift for pilots and collectors.

Model Airplane: KC-97 Stratotanker Refueling Bomber Aircraft
Scale: 1/100
Material: Mahogany wood
Manufacturer: Boeing
Engine: Turbojets, Jet Powered
Branch: United States Air Force (USAF), Air National Guard

Model Airplane Factory offers handmade Boeing KC97 Tanker model tanker aircraft, artistically created by our master craftsmen. Multiple coats of clear lacquer is applied in KC97 Stratotanker tanker wood model plane to protect the exquisite artwork and provide an overall glossy finish. After carving the wood, the KC-97 Stratotanker model plane display will undergo stages of fine sanding, between primer coats, to produce a silky smooth finish ready for final painting. KC-97 Stratotanker aircraft tanker wood model includes hand-made armaments to represent real weapon loads based on the original KC-97 Stratotanker. The process starts from carving the fuselage and the intakes on the fuselage sides to the Boeing KC97 Tanker cruciform tail design, to the assembly and final polishing of the KC-97 Stratotanker display model plane. Every part and detail of the Boeing KC97 Tanker airplane wooden is given equal attention to retain the actual specification of the Boeing KC97 Tanker. This KC97 Stratotanker tanker model made of mahogany comes with a metal stand and wooden base.


The tanker version (KC-97) was introduced in 1950 using the "flying boom" refueling system and all subsequent USAF contracts were for tankers, having the capability of serving as a heavy cargo aircraft without removing the refueling gear. After 1956, USAF KC-97s were gradually replaced by KC-135 jet tankers, but some were modified for continued use in other roles. The KC-135 jet powered aircraft, with a greater capacity, took over the tanker role along with its name, Stratotanker. The KC-97 did all the pioneering work.

How did a piston engine tanker refuel a faster jet bomber? It "tobogganed". The refueling connection would be made high up and then the bomber and tanker flew "downhill" together enabling the tanker to pick up more speed. The KC-97L had an extra jet engine mounted under both wings which gave it the added speed required for flight and takeoff. This enabled it to refuel jet bombers without tobogganing. The KC-97 carried both AVGAS and jet fuel. The AVGAS was used to power its radial Piston engines while the jet fuel was carried to power its two jet engines and to be off loaded to its receivers.

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