AIRPORT KC 97 CATERED LUNCH OR MEETING TO COLD WAR MEDFORD OREGON
The KC-97 Stratotanker was an aerial refueling tanker variant of the C-97 Stratofreighter (which was itself based on the B-29 Superfortress), greatly modified with all the necessary tanks, plumbing, and "flying boom".
The USAF began operating the KC-97 in 1950. It purchased a total of 816 KC-97s from Boeing, as opposed to only 74 of the C-97 cargo version. The KC-97 used piston engines, fueled by aviation gasoline, but it carried jet fuel for its refueling mission.
In 1956, SAC began phasing out the KC-97 in favor of the KC-135. KC-97s continued operating with TAC, the Air Force Reserve, and the Air National Guard. The KC-97 was finally retired completely in 1978
Today a restored KC97 sits at the Medford Oregon Airport and can be rented for meetings, luncheons or events. A very unique venue for any occasion that you will remember forever.
Hi my name is Bill Keefer, former Sergeant with the 5th bomb wing heavy at Travis AFB, security of Alert B-52 bombers loaded with nuclear weapons and the Alert KC-135 tankers.
The KC-97 was the fore-runner tanker that was retired in 1978.