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KC-97 Cowling Airplane Desk

Fuel up your corporate entrance! The perfect reception desk for saving space while sporting sleek lines and a modern look. The clear coated hardwood desk inside houses the workspace with comfort, and hardwood end caps add a touch of warmth to the piece. This airplane desk is built from two of the three individual sections that make up the complete cowling.

Beginning operation in 1950, the radial engine KC-97 Stratotanker was an aerial refueling aircraft, replacing the C-97 Stratofreighter. An aviator would lower a “flying boom” to the nose of following aircraft while in flight for refueling. The KC-97 ran on aviation gasoline, but provided jet fuel in air and the plane was designed to handle both fuel systems independently. At its peak, the USAF ordered 816 KC-97’s from Boeing. KC-97’s were retired, completely, in 1978.

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Taking to the skies in 1950, the Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker served the United States as a strategic tanker aircraft. Large aircrafts require large drinks of fuel and the KC-97 Stratotanker was the in-flight bartender.

If the KC-97 looks familiar, it may be due to the fact that it was a variant of the C-97 Stratofreighter but redesigned as an aerial refueling tanker. Boeing overhauled the C-97 and transformed it into the KC-97 by adding the necessary fuel storage tanks, plumbing, boom arm required to make it a strategic tanker. Split into two decks, the KC-97's upper deck was designed to carry oversized cargo while the lower deck contained tanks which held the transferrable jet fuel.


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