KC-135 Stratotanker

The 2018 New York Air Show will feature a flight performance by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the Michigan Air National Guard 127th Wing on September 15-16 at New York Stewart Int’l Airport!   The KC-135 Stratotanker was the US Air Force’s first jet-powered refueling tanker. It was initially tasked with refueling strategic bombers, but was used extensively... View Article


KC-135 Stratotanker

The 2018 New York Air Show will feature a flight performance by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the Michigan Air National Guard 127th Wing on September 15-16 at New York Stewart Int’l Airport!

 

The KC-135 Stratotanker was the US Air Force’s first jet-powered refueling tanker. It was initially tasked with refueling strategic bombers, but was used extensively in the Vietnam War and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm to extend the range and endurance of fighter aircraft.

 

The KC-135 entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 1957. It is one of six military fixed-wing aircraft with over 50 years of continuous service. Studies have concluded that many of the aircraft could be flown until 2040, although maintenance costs have greatly increased. The KC-135 is to be replaced by the KC-46 Pegasus currently in late phases of development.

 

Like its sibling, the commercial Boeing 707 jet airliner, the KC-135 was derived from the Boeing 367-80 jet transport “proof of concept” demonstrator, which was commonly called the “Dash-80”. The KC-135 is similar in appearance to the 707, but has a narrower fuselage and is shorter than the 707. The KC-135 predates the 707, and is structurally quite different from the civilian airliner.

 

The KC-135R has four turbofan engines, mounted under 35-degree swept wings which power it to takeoffs at gross weights up to 322,500 pounds. Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the tanker’s flying boom, the KC-135’s primary fuel transfer method. A special shuttlecock-shaped drogue, attached to and trailing behind the flying boom, may be used to refuel aircraft fitted with probes. A boom operator stationed in the rear of the aircraft controls the boom while lying face down. A cargo deck above the refueling system can hold a mixed load of passengers and cargo. Depending on fuel storage configuration, the KC-135 can carry up to 83,000 pounds of cargo.

 

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KC-135 Stratotanker


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