The KC-97 was derived from the B-29 Superfortress bomber, using the same wing, engine, and tail. The new fuselage had a double-bubble configuration. The C-97 served a varied mission when active; in addition to both troop and cargo transport and tanker roles, it was used for medical evacuation, Search And Rescue (SAR) and by the Israeli Air Force, as an Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) platform. Boeing's KC-97 Stratofreighter aerial tanker was an instrumental factor in providing Strategic Air Command (SAC) with genuine intercontinental capability. Over 800 Stratofreighters were received between 1951 and 1956, by which time no less than 36 squadrons, used the type. During their lifetime, the KC-97s transferred millions of gallons of fuel in air-to-air operations. Operations involving air refuelings average 2,880 contacts per week, or one aerial servicing every three and a half minutes. As an example of use and efficiency, the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron, at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, conducted tests in early 1955. The refueling squadron transferred a total of 563,270 gallons of fuel to SAC B-47 in 16 scheduled days of flying- setting a record. Since its creation four years previously, the 2nd ARS had transferred more than 6 million gallons of fuel in mid-air..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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The KC-97 was derived from the B-29 Superfortress bomber, using the same wing, engine, and tail. The new fuselage had a double-bubble configuration. The C-97 served a varied mission when active; in addition to both troop and cargo transport and tanker roles, it was used for medical evacuation, Search And Rescue (SAR) and by the Israeli Air Force, as an Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) platform. Boeing's KC-97 Stratofreighter aerial tanker was an instrumental factor in providing Strategic Air Command (SAC) with genuine intercontinental capability. Over 800 Stratofreighters were received between 1951 and 1956, by which time no less than 36 squadrons, used the type. During their lifetime, the KC-97s transferred millions of gallons of fuel in air-to-air operations. Operations involving air refuelings average 2,880 contacts per week, or one aerial servicing every three and a half minutes. As an example of use and efficiency, the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron, at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, conducted tests in early 1955. The refueling squadron transferred a total of 563,270 gallons of fuel to SAC B-47 in 16 scheduled days of flying- setting a record. Since its creation four years previously, the 2nd ARS had transferred more than 6 million gallons of fuel in mid-air..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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