Boeing 377 Stratocruiser

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The Boeing 377 Stratocruiser is an early aircraft in av8.


Introduction 1948
Withdrawal 1983
Aircraft Type Small
Cruising Speed 340mph
Capacity 84 pax & 20 mail, or 90 crates of express cargo, or 45t of industrial cargo (Oversize refit available from 1960).



The Boeing Stratocruiser was the passenger version of the Stratofreighter, itself an adaption of the WWII Superfortress bomber. Large, fast, and luxurious, it was a very uneconomical aircraft to operate and was quickly displaced by turbine-powered aircraft.

The Stratofreighter/cruiser's most-produced and longest-lived variant was the USAF's KC-97 freighter/tanker. A few were also converted to oversized transports with turbine engines, the so-called "Guppies".

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