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C-137 Stratoliner

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Boeing C-137 Stratoliner
Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000 at the National Museum of the USAF
Type passenger/VIP transport
Manufacturer Boeing
Status Active service
Primary user United States Air Force
Produced 1954-1965
Developed from Boeing 707
Variants CC-137 Husky
E-3 Sentry
E-6 Mercury
E-8 Joint STARS
VC-137 (Air Force One)

The Boeing C-137 Stratoliner was a VIP transport aircraft derived from the Boeing 707 jet airliner used by the United States Air Force. Other nations also bought both new and used 707s for military service, primarily as VIP or tanker transports. In addition, the 707 served as the basis for several specilized versions, such as the E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft.


USAF procurement of the Boeing 707 was very limited, amounting to three Model 707-153s designated VC-137A. When delivered in 1959 these had four 6123-kg (13,500-Ib) dry thrust Pratt & Whitney JT3C6 turbojets; when subsequently re-engined with 8165-kg (18,000-Ib) dry thrust TF33-P-5 turbofans they were redesignated VC-137B. Only one other variant served with the USAF: this was the VC-137C Air Force One Presidential transport, the two examples of which, apart from interior furnishings, are similar to the Model 707-320B Intercontinental. Two further non-presidential C-137C aircraft were later added.[1]

To supplement its VC-137s, the USAF converted several C-135 airframes to VC-135 VIP standard, and these were used for staff transport mainly within the United States.[1].

VC-137 as Air Force One with new painting


Specifications (VC-137C)

General characteristics

  • Length: 152 ft 11 in (46.61 m)
  • Wingspan: 145 ft 9 in (44.42 m)
  • Height: 42 ft 5 in (12.93 m)
  • Wing area: 3010 ft² (279.63 m²)
  • Empty weight: 98,466 lb (44,663 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 297,000 lb (135,000 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 327,000 lb (148,325 kg)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney TF-33-PW-102 turbofan engines , 18,000 lbf (80 kN) each


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gunston, Bill: The Encyclopedia of Modern Warplanes, page 64. Aerospace Publishing Ltd, 1995. ISBN 1-56619-908-5

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