C-97G 52-2718 "Angel of Deliverance"





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BIG NEWS!   The "Angel of Deliverance" returns to the skies! 

On November 7, 2017, the C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" departed Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY after a 15 year stay......


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  Our Mission

Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation acquired Boeing C-97G 52-2718 in 1996.  A former KC-97, 52-2718 is one of only 2 remaining airworthy C-97's in the world.  We plan to operate the "Angel of Deliverance" as a "flying museum, and classroom", in the same manner as we do with our Douglas C-54, "Spirit of Freedom".  We plan to tell the story of the Cold War, from the Berlin Airlift of 1948 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  This will include such events as:

The Berlin Airlift

The Korean War

The "Red Scare" and McCarthyism

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Sputnik and the Race to the Moon

The Vietnam War

The Arms Race

Glasnost and the fall of the Soviet Union

These topics will be represented as part of a Timeline-oriented display throughout the fuselage of the aircraft.  It will be augmented by artifacts, photographs, personal experiences, and it will be all housed in the hull of a true Cold Warrior, a former KC-97.  The KC-97 helped the USAF maintain a "round the clock" presence in the air by becoming the first real air-to-air refueler. 


 HISTORY OF 52-2718

Manufactured by Boeing Aircraft Company, Seattle WA, as KC-97G and delivered to the USAF on April 27, 1954.

Apr. 1954     to 98th Air Refueling (Medium) Squadron (Strategic Air Command), Lincoln AFB,  NE.

Sep. 1954     to 96th Bombardment (M) Wing (SAC), Altus AFB OK.
(Deployments to Ernest Harmon AB, Newfoundland, Elmendorf AFB AK, and Mountain  Home  AFB ID).

Sep. 1957    to 96th Air Refueling (M) Squadron (SAC), Altus AFB .

Jun. 1958    to 97th air refueling (M) Squadron (SAC), Malmstrom AFB MT.

Feb. 1961    to 407th Air Refueling Squadron (SAC), Malmstrom  AFB

Jul. 1961    to 26th Air Refueling Squadron (SAC), Plattsburgh AFB, NY

Feb. 1962    to 4108th Air Refueling Wing (SAC), Plattsburgh AFB

Jan. 1963    to 497th Air Refueling Wing (SAC), Plattsburgh AFB

Aug. 1964    to 128th Air Refueling Wing (Air National Guard), General Billy Mitchell Field,   Milwaukee WI

Aug 1965    Converted to KC-97L    (Two General Electric J-47 jet engines installed under outboard wings, so the aircraft could refuel the fast jets.)

Sep. 1972    to 151st air Refueling Group (ANG), Salt Lake City MAP UT  (Deployments to Rhein Main AB, Frankfort, Germany, "Operation Creek Party")

Sep. 1976 to Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, Davis Monthan AFB AZ.

Jul. 1977  Dropped from Inventory as surplus.

1986  Auctioned to unknown group who converted her to C-97G  (Removing Aerial Refueling Equipment, and Fitting Cargo Doors)

1988  Seized by US Marshal Service and auctioned to Grace Aire Inc. of Corpus Christi TX.   (Operated as a cargo transport for humanitarian missions to South America and to carry fish in Alaska.)        

4-22-1996    Purchased by Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation.
Nov. 1997   Aircraft paid for in full by Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation
Oct. 1998     Ferried from Moses Lake, Washington to Greybull, Wyoming for inspection and restoration.
Sep. 1999    FAA Approval of Inspection program achieved.
2000    Aircraft painted in colors of YC-97A 45-59595, the sole C-97 used in the Berlin Airlift.
July 2001,   Ferried from Greybull, Wyoming to Aberdeen South Dakota.
Nov. 2001   Ferried from Aberdeen SD to Millville, NJ.
May  2002   Ferried to Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY on a loaner #3 engine.
November 7, 2017 After a long restoration process, the "Angel" has returned to the skies!


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The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation is a non-profit educational group that exists to educate the public.  We operate largely on donations and continued support by dedicated volunteers.  Without your support, these aircraft will be scrap metal, and a great defining chapter in history will be gone. 

 The Foundation is listed in IRS Publication 78 as a 501(c) (3) tax exempt charity. The Foundation tax exempt documents are available for public inspection upon request by writing to the Foundation at P.O. Box 782 Farmingdale, NJ 07727


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