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B-47 refueling from KC-97L

This is the refueling scene from the movie “Strategic Air Command”. In this scene a B-47 is refueled from a KC-97L. The KC-97L is easily identified by the addition of two J-47 turbojet engines under the wings outboard of the R-4360 radials. The J-47s gave the KC-97 a higher top speed which allowed it to refuel the new breed of high speed jet powered aircraft. The KC-97L was a stopgap measure until the KC-135A Stratotanker came online.

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October 10, 2010 - Posted by | 1950s, B-47, Boom Operator, Boom Pod View, External View, History, KC-97, Receiver View | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This is not a KC-97L. Probably a G. The KC-97G’s were built with outer wing “drop” tanks. Look closely at them.

    The jets added were J-47’s and that was done in 1972 when the 97’s were already assigned to ANG units.

    Comment by Kevin | November 4, 2010 | Reply


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