Boeing Stratocruiser #1 KCF
An excellent post card view of the prototype B-377 Stratocruiser provided by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu
American Overseas Stratocruiser #1
The splendid American Overseas issue of their new Stratocruiser. The AOA's were distinguished by their square lower deck windows, with round on the upper deck. Sadly, the Stratocruisers only operated a year before AOA was acquired by Pan Am.
American Overseas Stratocruiser #2
Aviation World issued this nice in flight card, also showing N90941. This along with the other AOA'S Stratocruisers became a Pan American aircraft.
American Overseas Stratocruiser #3
Another view of N90941, the Flagship Great Britain, on take off. The aircraft was written off after a belly landing at Tokyo Haneda, operating for Pan American. Card issued by Flug Foto Schait
American Overseas Stratocruiser #4
A nice Shannon airport issue showing AOA's N90944.
American Overseas Stratocruiser #6 KCF
World Great Airlines has produced some outstanding cards of historical aircraft. This great image provided by Kuo-Ching Fu.
American Overseas Stratocruiser #7 KCF
A very nice in flight view of AOA's Flagship Great Britain by a modern German publisher, courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu
American Overseas Stratocruiser #8 KCF
A final view of N90941 on a Frontier Productions issue.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #1
BOAC was a significant operator of the Stratocruiser, operating a total of 12, including the 5 originally delivered to United.
The card is a Salmon Issue.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #2
This is the BOAC issue showing the same view, in it's delivery colors.
British Overseas Stratocruiser Int #1KCF
An exquisite BOAC issue of the Stratocruiser interior. Another rare item shared by Kuo-Ching Fu
British Overseas Stratocruiser #3
This is an excellent BOAC issue, which has no text on the back.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #8
A Salmon issue, featuring the previous image. Part of a nice series describing BOAC Airliners, and their destinations.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #4
An outstanding BOAC issue which is found both with a description of the aircraft, and a generic back
British Overseas Stratocruiser #5
This is a somewhat less common BOAC issue of G AKGH, the "Caledonia", delivered in November of 1949. In 1958 it became a Transocean airliner.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #6
The last BOAC issue of their Stratocruiser, part of a set of 6 different BOAC airliners.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #11
This is the vintage Enell card, using the same image as the B&W BOAC issue.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #10
A V Fry also used this image for their excellent Continental sized card.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #12 KCF
A recent World Great Airlines issue.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #7
This is another Salmon issue, showing the BOAC Stratocruiser in later colors.
British Overseas Stratocruiser #9
An outstanding vintage Valentine's card showing G ALSD in its final colors. Delivered in 1959, it operated 10 years before delivery to Transocean.
BOAC got additional use out of the obsolete Stratocruisers by leasing them to affiliates such as Ghana Airways. This Ghana issue was produced by BOAC.
Northwest Stratocruiser #1
This is the first pre-delivery postcard of a Northwest Stratocruiser, shown with round windows and preconstruction tail. Card was released in 1947.
Northwest Stratocruiser #10
This is actually a small ink blotter also issued in 1947
Northwest Stratocruiser Int KCF
A rare pre delivery card, showing the lower level lounge, complete with gentleman lighting the lady's cigarette. Issued in late 1946 or 1947, this card kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.
Northwest Stratocruiser #2
The second pre-delivery Stratocruiser card, issued in 1948 has changed to square windows and has the correct tail assembly. It also shows the first delivery registration, But, the Stratocruiser did not fly in the pre delivery colors.
Northwest Stratocruiser #3
In 1949, Northwest issued, in my view, the most outstanding card of the Stratocruiser, which fully describes the aircraft's features on the back.
Northwest Stratocruiser #5
In 1950, the "Finest... Fastest", postcard was issued, becoming one of the most common airline issues. Reissued twice in 1953, the card appears with 3 different logos on the back. I'm reasonably certain there were other re-issues.
Northwest Stratocruiser #4
The "Finest... Largest" card appeared on 1952 issues, but may possibly be on 1951 as well.
Northwest Stratocruiser #6
This great "portrait" view of N74607 is a Milwaukee Airport issue from 1956.
Northwest Stratocruiser #7
This excellent vintage Enell card features N74601, The Stratocruiser Manila in flight. It is the same aircraft shown on the Northwest Issues.
Northwest Stratocruiser #9TH
This awesome oversized Seattle Airport card was provided by Terry Hale. There is also a much less impressive standard sized card of this image.
Northwest Stratocruiser #11 KCF
One last look a the Northwest Stratocruiser from Frontier Productions by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu
Pan Am Stratocruiser #23 KCF
A comparatively recent Frontier Productions issue of a pre-delivery Stratocruiser image. Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu
Pan Am Stratocruiser #12
A pre-delivery card of Pan American's Stratocruiser, my copy was used for correspondence from Pan Am, with hand written date 1948
Pan Am Stratocruiser #2
A splendid Pan Am issue from the very early 1950s,showing N1025V, the 1st Stratocruiser delivered to Pan Am. Like most new Pan Am airliners, it was christened Clipper America.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #3
This slightly less common version of the previous card has a different text. Not certain which came first.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #7
This iconic postcard really provides a view of America at the beginning of the 1950s. Pan Am represented America to the world, much like the Statue.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #19 KCF
Another iconic card is this Pan Am Stratocruiser flying over Windsor Castle. A vintage British publisher card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu
Pan Am Stratocruiser #20 KCF
A very nice Frontier Productions issue of N1025V, which was actually the first B-377 delivered to Pan Am in January 1949.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #21 KCF
A super up close and personal image of the prototype Stratocruiser which was constructed in 1947, and ultimately delivered to Pan Am in 1950. It became the Clipper Nightingale in service with Pan Am. Delivered to RANSA of Venezuela in 1961, operating until 1966.
Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu
Pan Am Stratocruiser #4
This great and very well used image of the Stratocruiser first appeared on a 1949 Pan Am issue. At least 2 more printings occurred in 1951
Pan Am Stratocruiser #5
Later printings (estimated 1953-1956)reflected an updated Pan Am Livery
Pan Am Stratocruiser #6
Finally, the least common version of the card, issued approximately 1960 features the aircraft in the "Jet Age" livery. The back reflects that Stratocruiser services extended only to Alaska and Canada
Pan Am Stratocruiser #18 KCF
A vintage Japanese publisher card of the Pan Am Stratocruiser in its second livery. Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #9
An excellent FliteLine issue of N1023V, which was also Christened Clipper America, like most new aircraft additions. It later became the Clipper Golden Gate and was written off in the Philippines in 1958.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #26 KCF
Another nice image of the Stratocruiser in original livery by Frontier Productions. By courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu
Pan Am Stratocruiser #1
This Harry Baumannn issue of the Pan Am Stratocruiser was most likely issued around 1955.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #8
Editions PI of France issued this outstanding in flight card of N1030V, The Clipper Southern Cross. It ultimately went to the Israel Air Force in 1962
Pan Am Stratocruiser #10
This is an absolutely stunning view of N90948, an Ex AOA aircraft, flying over the Hawaiian Islands. A vintage Japanese publisher.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #11
A very nice Enell issue of the Clipper Southern Cross in Flight.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #22 KCF
An excellent view of one of Pan Am's ex AOA Stratocruisers, on a Frontier Productions issue.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #14
A Honolulu Airport issue, in the original livery. Posted in 1952.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #15
A later Honolulu airport issue from approximately 1955.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #16
This Buenos Aires Airport issue, featuring the Stratocruiser is surprisingly common.
Pan Am Stratocruiser #13
This is a nice IAWP issue featuring the Pan Am Stratocruiser in its final livery, at an Alaskan location.
Pan Am Stratocruiser Farewell #1 KCF
An absolutely splendid post card view of the Changing of the guard. This image perfectly symbolizes the end of the exotic and elegant era of the props, and the beginning of the age of the jets. Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.
S A S Stratocruiser
This is the rare Scandinavian issue of their Stratocruiser, 4 of which were ordered, but not delivered. They were ultimately placed in service by BOAC.
Certainly the most beautiful of the Stratocruisers was Transocean. N404Q, shown on this FliteLine issue, operated on the Atlantic from New York to Dublin and London Gatwick in 1958 and 59, during the last years of this great airline's existence.
The airliner was originally a BOAC aircraft.
United Stratocruiser #1
United took delivery of their first Stratocruiser in September of 1949, primarily for Hawaii services, as suggested by this United issue over Diamond Head.
United Stratocruiser #4
A nice card from United showing passengers deplaning at Honolulu around 1951. The image shows the square window configuration used on Northwest, but lower deck windows were round.
United Stratocruiser #2
This is an excellent United issue of N31225, which operated for 5 years before sale to BOAC.
United Stratocruiser Interior
This United issue is a reminder that air travel was once an event, not a battle. The Stratocruisers had Hawaiian themed lounges on the lower deck.
United Stratocruiser #3
The best image of a United Stratocruiser in flight is this IAWP issue, again showing N31225.
United Stratocruiser #5
Aviation Color Photo also issued a nice in flight card of the United Stratocruiser.
United Stratocruiser #6
A vintage DRC issue of United's Stratocruiser Mainliner in flight. As far as I can tell it is the only Euopean publisher card of the rare United Airliner.
West African Stratocruiser
BOAC also found a home for Stratocruisers with Nigeria predecessor West African Airways. This image, duplicates a later BOAC issue with WAAC substituted for the BOAC titles. G ANUB, once a United Aircraft, operated from 1957-58 for West African, and was later repainted with the blue tail scheme.
Airbus Skylink #1 KCF
Ironically, the Stratocruiser survived for a number of years in this mutant form hauling components for assembly of Airbus aircraft. Card kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu