Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Storm the Capitol to Do Good Deeds." -- not James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Your Sunday Morning Big Prop Noise

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation's C-97:

I hope they can keep flying after an engine goes bad. A similar happenstance stranded the EAL DC-7 in Charlotte. NC in 2013; it's still there, so far as I know.


seafury said...

As a CAP cadet in the early 70's, I still remember a ride in a Wisconsin Air National Guard C97. We flew from MIlwaukee to Rockford IL to Madison WI and back to Milwaukee. It had 30 or so rear facing seats on the top deck, a few rows on the bottom deck. IIRC we got to wander around once we reached maybe 5000 ft. I remember the crew all answering questions although the flight engineer was pretty busy. We also got to play with the KC97 simulator in the basement of the operations building. Those were the days!

Deadstick said...

Seafury, a C-97 FE was indeed a busy dude -- second only to the B-36 which in some configurations had to have two of them.

Old NFO said...

A good friend who passed away last year was a flight engineer on them back in the day. He always said he was busy as a one armed paperhanger, especially when refueling... And I DO hope they keep it flying, it is a tribute to all those who flew them before!!!

LRod said...

Seafury, in the '70s, both MKE and ORD had squadrons of KC97 tankers. I worked the ORD ones often.

R3350s which are finicky, or worse, R4360s in some versions, and 115/145 avgas scarcity signals dim prospects for keeping them going.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

seafury said...

Deadstick; wow didn't know that about the B36. I've seen pictures of the panel so it doesn't surprise me.
Elrod; I recall seeing them when we went to ORD . Learned later it was a different squadron. Wasn't too clear on the units as a kid.
They have their work cut out for them running them on 100LL.