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The 377 Stratocruiser & KC-97 Stratofreighter: Boeing's Great Post War Transports (HB) - Specialty Press - SB9179
The 377 Stratocruiser & KC-97 Stratofreighter: Boeing's Great Post War Transports (HB)           - Specialty Press - SB9179


 
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Yenne. Boeing's Model 367, originally conceived as a long-range transport that would have had a role in World War II if the campaign had gone longer, but which was adapted for the commercial market as the Model 377 Stratocruiser. It was the first commercial passenger plane that could provide non-stop Transatlantic service. When Elizabeth II made her first world tour as queen, she flew by BOAC Stratocruiser. And then there was the Cold War. To counter the Soviet nuclear threat, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) initiated an unprecedented build-up of jet bombers. Because these lacked global range, SAC also required an exceptional build-up of aerial refueling aircraft. The Model 367 became the KC-97, the first dedicated aerial refueling aircraft to be fielded in significant numbers, as 888 were built. This book tells and how service continued around the world, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, one of the Guppies is still flying routine missions for NASA. 208 pages.

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