KC-97 TK.1-03 Walkaround, by Michel Lozares

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Michel Lozares took these photo in Feb.2005 when he had the opportunity to investigate this Boeing KC-97 in great detail, inside and out.

It is on display at the Museo del Aire ("Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica"), Cuatro Vientos AB, Madrid, Spain

Click here The impressive forward fuselage of this Stratotanker; some faint markings are visible.

Boeing KC-97L TK.1-03 (c/n 16971) is preserved in the squadron markings of Escuadrón 123 (123-03) and it served to refuel the F-4 Phantoms of Ala 12: the badge near the cockpit is indicative for this task.

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Michel Lozares wrote the following in Feb.2006:
"We have in our collection a KC-97GL, s/n 53-189, that served in the Spanish AF. I have his USAF history (by AFHRA):
  • Manufactured by Boeing Aircraft, Seattle,WA and delivered to the USAF on 31 Mar 1955.
      Mar 1955 To 42nd Bombardment (Heavy) Wing (Strategic Air Command), Loring AFB,ME (deployments to Thule AB Greenland)
    • Feb 1958 To 19th Air Refueling (Medium) Squadron (SAC), Homestead AFB,FL
    • Apr 1960 To Otis AFB,MA
    • Jul 1962 To 4038th Strategic Wing (SAC), Otis AFB
    • Jun 1963 To 499th Air Refueling Wing (SAC), Otis AFB
    • Dec 1965 To Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, Davis-Monthan AFB,AZ
    • Jun 1971 To Hayes Aircraft, Birmingham,AL (to KC-97L)
    • Oct 1971 To 136th Air Refueling Group (Air National Guard), Dallas IAP,TX
    • May 1973 Dropped from inventory by transfer to Military Assistance Program


    I would appreciate more info about this plane (or pictures!) for a future monographic for our Museum. Could anyone to help me please??"

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My visit to Cuatro Vientos Museo del Aire, in 2004


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Last updated 15.3.2006