Air Enthusiast 2007-01
D.Willis - Extended Family /Post-war combat/ (2)
The large numbers of Boeing 707 and 720s collected at Davis-Monthan from the early 1980s donated parts to the KC-135E programme. 707-337B TF-IUE arrived in 1989.
Истребители F-15C 1-го авиакрыла в марте 2003 года были развернуты в Саудовской Аравии для поддержки вторжения в Ирак. Но в связи с отсутствием угрозы воздушного нападения их спешно отправили домой.
KC-135R 61-0302 refuelling a 1st Fighter Wing F-15.
The KC-10 Extender - one here on approach to Mildenhall in May 1995 - was seen as a possible KC-135 replacement. Its airlift capabilities meant that is has remained in the domain of the tactical 'boys' not the 'bomber barons'.
KC-135A 63-8876 was typical of the version serving with SAC in the 1970s and 1980s, prior to the adoption of grey camouflage shades.
In addition to the KC-135As retired and sent into storage in the early 1990s, 58-0070 was delivered to Sheppard AFB, Texas, for use as a ground instructional airframe, designated GKC-135A.
France’s C-135Fs - the only examples of the Stratotankers built for export - were delivered in a natural metal scheme
One of the two options pursued during the upgrade of the KC-135 fleet was the KC-135E, fitted with TF33- PW-102s taken from former airline Boeing 707s and 720s.
Following the cancellation of the lease/purchase of Boeing KC-767As the KC-135E (59-1451 of 927th ARW illustrated) fleet is expected to remain in service longer than originally anticipated.
KC-135E 59-1457 of the Pennsylvania ANG wearing the 'proud grey’ scheme applied to the tanker fleet in the 1990s.
KC-135D 63-8059 on deployment to Mildenhall in April 2003, wearing the tailband carried by KC-135s of the 117th AREFS, 190th ARW, of the Kansas ANG.
Nose-art on KC-135s was rare until the late-1980s: KC-135E 56-3638 'Hawg Wild’ of the 161st ARG.
The prototype KC-135R was 61-0293 - one of eight examples equipped with an in-flight receptacle.
Crew access door on a Mildenhall-based KC-135R, 2001.
KC-135R 60-0331 at Castle AFB in 1992. The base housed the Stratotanker crew conversion school during the SAC days and the first years of AMC.
The KC-135T has the same relationship to the KC-135Qas the KC-135R has with the KC-135A. No.59-1510 was initially a ‘Partial Q', and as a KC-135T was modified under the ROBE programme.
Prior to the instigation modification KC-135Rs had to have an adapter fitted to the boom to refuel probe-equipped aircraft, as seen on the head of this line-up.
A KC-135R, stripped for repainting at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB, October 1995.
While the first Gulf War was supported by a mixture of 157 and upgraded KC-135s, Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom' in 2003 made use of 149 KC-135Es and 'Rs. These examples were assigned to the 401st Aerospace Expeditionary Wing at RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus.
In addition to the aircraft of the 100th ARW based at Mildenhall, KC-135s have requently deployed to other VK bases. 58-0206 was one of several that visited Brize Norton in May 1999.
The USAF followed the lead of France and added hose drum units to a small portion of its KC-135R fleet. This example serves with the 351st ARS of 100th ARW based at Mildenhall.
With plenty of excess power and no obvious handling vices, the KC-135R is considered to be the ‘sports car' of the Stratotanker family.
Airshow flyby in 1990 by a KC-135K showing the multi-coloured boom deployed.
Истребители F-15C 1-го авиакрыла в марте 2003 года были развернуты в Саудовской Аравии для поддержки вторжения в Ирак. Но в связи с отсутствием угрозы воздушного нападения их спешно отправили домой.
KC-135R 61-0302 refuelling a 1st Fighter Wing F-15.
Although the YF-22As have long been retired, the KC-135R fleet is likely to be providing tanker support to the Raptor for the majority of its service life.
KC-135R 62-3530 was re-engined in July 1986 and served with the Grissom AFB based 434th ARW.
A FRL Mk.32B HDV under the wing of a KC-135R.
The most noticeable external difference of the KC-135R and 'T is the larger nacelle housing for the F108-CF-100. Less obvious is the re-profiled wing leading-edge.
On the port side of the rear fuselage of KC-135RS and 'Ts is the inlet and exhaust for the new twin auxiliary power unit
To celebrate 15 years of C-135FR operations powered by the CFM56, a single aircraft was repainted with a stylish special scheme to help promote the powerplant; Dubai, 1999.
French C-135FR trailing its boom, with 'basket' attachment
Depicted at Davis-Monthan following upgrade to KC-135R standard, 62-3563 was one of the seven aircraft transferred under FMS to the Turkish Air Force.
KC-135R 751 is one of four of the aircraft flown by the RSAF.
Externally, the KC-135Q was identical to the KC-135A, the differences being confined to the fuel system and communications fit.
KC-135E 59-1450 was one of around 20 examples of the version that were later upgraded as KC-135Rs. It is seen here during its dozen years as a KC-135E in service with the New Hampshire ANG.
The PACER CRAG upgrade has had a big effect on the KC-135 community, as it has all but eliminated the need for a navigator, the fourth member of the crew.
Female 'boom op' in her 'office' inside a 306th SW KC-135R on a sortie over the North Sea, out of Mildenhall, October 1987.
Although the YF-22As have long been retired, the KC-135R fleet is likely to be providing tanker support to the Raptor for the majority of its service life.
Italy already operates the tanker version of the Boeing 767 - here under test with an F-15. The re-staged KC-X requirement will see the type pitched again as a KC-135 replacement, although this time the 777 may also he offered by Boeing
Northrop Grumman is offering the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport for the KC-X requirement
An RC-135 of the 9th SRW approaches a KC-135 of the 1700th ARS(P) during Operation desert shield.
Italy already operates the tanker version of the Boeing 767 - here under test with an F-15. The re-staged KC-X requirement will see the type pitched again as a KC-135 replacement, although this time the 777 may also he offered by Boeing