C-97 AIRBORNE

The majestic sight of Boeing C-97 52-2718/N117GA airborne near Floyd Bennett Field on 7 November. It wears the markings of YC-97A 45-59595, the only Stratofreighter to fly on the Berlin Airlift.
JAY SELMAN

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation’s Boeing C-97G N117GA Angel of Deliverance made its maiden flight from New York’s Floyd Bennett Field on 7 November, landing 25 minutes later at pilot and BAHF founder Timothy Chopp’s home field of Ocean County Airport at Toms River, New Jersey. The four-engined heavy transport was then ferried to Reading, Pennsylvania, where it will remain at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum for the winter.

Restoration of the Cold War leviathan took 15 years. It is currently the only multi-engined, Pratt & Whitney R-4360 ‘Corncob’-powered aeroplane in airworthy condition in the USA. See also our feature on pages 26-33.