KC-135 Stratotanker

Former KC-135 crew chief explains how he was able to log 10,000 Flying Hours in the Stratotanker

Former KC-135 crew chief explains how he was able to log 10,000 Flying Hours in the Stratotanker

The KC-135 Stratotanker The Boeing Company's model 367-80 was the basic design for the commercial 707 passenger plane as well… Read More

1 month ago

Operation Tamouré: the only time a French Air Force Mirage IV strategic bomber dropped a live nuclear bomb

The Mirage IV The Suez crisis in October 1956 prompted France to look into setting up a “strategic intervention force”,… Read More

1 month ago

“The left afterburner technique” and SR-71 special problems: here’s what made Blackbird air refueling challenging

The KC-135Q tanker It’s impossible to overemphasise the essential role played by the KC-135Q tanker crews, without whom successful prosecution of the SR-71… Read More

2 months ago

KC-135 Crew Chief recalls when his Stratotanker low on fuel had to give 6,000 pounds of fuel to an F-4 that failed six approaches to Andersen AFB because of bad weather

KC-135 Stratotanker crew providing support of trans-pacific ferry missions As reported by the Carswell Sentinel, a squadron-based newspaper at Carswell… Read More

2 months ago

When Soviets tested the Tsar Bomba its shockwave was not only felt worldwide but also irradiated a USAF JKC-135A monitoring its detonation

Tsar Bomba On Oct. 30, 1961, the Soviet Union conducted a live test of the most powerful nuclear weapon ever… Read More

2 months ago

USAF F-102 pilot recalls when he was left alone in the cockpit of a KC-135 flying from the US to Okinawa

The F-102 Delta Dagger The primary mission of the F-102 Delta Dagger was to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft. It… Read More

3 months ago

That time a KC-135 Stratotanker crew crossed Vietnam DMZ and went into a dive to refuel a flamed out F-105 Thunderchief

The KC-135 Stratotanker The KC-135 Stratotanker was the first offspring of the Dash 80. It was designed specifically for aerial… Read More

3 months ago

US Navy A-7 pilot recalls refueling every 30–40 minutes from USAF KC-135s during a Corsair II 5-ship TRANSPAC flight

TRANSPAC flight A transpacific (TRANSPAC) flight is the flight of an aircraft across the Pacific Ocean from Australasia, East and… Read More

4 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when a KC-135Q crew flew through a thunderstorm with their tanker’s throttles frozen to refuel his Blackbird

The KC-135Q It’s impossible to overemphasise the essential role played by the KC-135Q tanker crews, without whom successful prosecution of… Read More

4 months ago

The Story of the KC-135 Stratotanker pilot that went into a 20-degree dive to refuel a flamed out F-105 Thunderchief

The KC-135 Stratotanker The Boeing Company’s model 367-80 was the basic design for the commercial 707 passenger plane as well… Read More

6 months ago

‘Masters of the Air,’ the New Apple TV+ Series About ‘Mighty Eighth’ Air Force in WWII, to premiere globally Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

Masters of the Air On Oct. 5, 2023 Apple TV+ unveiled the first images from its upcoming World War II… Read More

6 months ago

The day a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker saved six US Navy jets over the Gulf of Tonkin

The KC-135 Stratotanker The Boeing Company’s model 367-80 was the basic design for the commercial 707 passenger plane as well… Read More

8 months ago

Utah Air National Guard now fields modified KC-135 Stratotanker able to enhance Battlespace Communications for all players in the Indo-Pacific region

Modified KC-135 Stratotanker History is being made during exercise Northern Edge 23-2 as the Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Air… Read More

9 months ago

KC-135A Crew Chief recalls when his Stratotanker had to purge its tanks of the JP-4 to load JP-7 to refuel an SR-71 Blackbird (No KC-135Q was available)

The SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane could be refueled by standard Stratotankers in the event KC-135Qs were not available.… Read More

9 months ago

Not only JP-7: the SR-71 could use JP-4 and JP-5 as emergency fuels but they both limited the Blackbird top speed to Mach 1.5

The SR-71 Blackbird was the first aircraft to use its own fuel for hydraulic fluid. It was called the fuel… Read More

10 months ago

USAF KC-46 and KC-135 tankers to conduct flyovers to celebrate the 100th anniversary of air refueling on Jun. 27

100th anniversary of air refueling On Jun. 27, 2023, the US Air Force (USAF) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of… Read More

10 months ago