Back in the late summer of 2015, I had agreed to trade in my 2006 Volvo V50 wagon for a 53,000 mile 2004 Town Car Ultimate at Strieter Lincoln. As they were holding the car for me, I still was driving the V50 for a few more days. So I decided to go up to the lake, go to the Mt. Carroll downtown car cruise that Saturday, maybe do some swimming, and then head north into Wisconsin to see House on the Rock.
All in all, it was a nice weekend and cool to see House on the Rock since the last time I’d been there was on a family vacation in 1990. But on the way home I passed this motel and had to stop and check out this plane, sitting out front of the Don Q Inn, a themed motel in nearby Dodgeville, WI. You couldn’t miss it.
It was a Boeing C-97, a rather rotund looking aircraft. It was huge too. These were used for ferrying equipment for the military post-WWII. Civilian versions, the 377 Stratocruiser, were used as airliners as well, especially by Pan Am in the ’40s and ’50s.
My knowledge is limited on planes, but this was too cool not to check out and do a quick post. It was open for visitors, so I climbed up inside for a few more shots. I’d totally forgotten about these pics but somebody, I think it was CJ, linked to a restaurant that had a plane on the roof in the comments on another post, and that jogged my memory. So here you go.