“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
I’m guessing they didn’t have on-board radar, thus no radome was required.
Memories. My dad worked for Pan Am in the early 1950's and we regularly flew the Stratocruiser (B-377) between Miami and Idlewild in NY. I was about 10 at the time and felt like a king walking up the boarding stairs and into that great plane. I got lots of cockpit tours as well.
You are a lucky man. The stewardess is a model of class as well.
That's what happens when a B-29 goes civilian and gets all fat...Seriously, civilian version of C-97, a cargo/transport derivative of the B-29 (once they got rid of that pesky engines-catching-on-fire-and-crashing-the-plane-if-it-doesn't-explode-in-air thingy.)
Used to be one of these at Opa Locka airport near Miami in the 70's....sitting in the grass on the north side of the field....