KC-135 Stratotanker

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh announcer tells the story of when a NASA SR-71B Blackbird had an almost catastrophic fuel leak on a mission to perform a flyby at EAA Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh announcer tells the story of when a NASA SR-71B Blackbird had an almost catastrophic fuel leak on a mission to perform a flyby at EAA Oshkosh

The cause of the fuel leak was a failed fuel pump and thankfully the SR-71B Blackbird pilot didn’t go into… Read More

1 month ago

The story of the USAF KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft that exploded after a failed pressure test

The photos in this post show the result of failed pressure test on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. On modern aircraft,… Read More

3 months ago

DARPA looks to leverage laser-equipped KC-46 and KC-135 tankers to recharge drones wirelessly

The benefits of having drones recharge their batteries in mid-air include extended range and having small energy storage capacities. The… Read More

4 months ago

Blackbird Pilot explains why the SR-71 had to refuel right after takeoff (and it’s not because it leaked fuel)

The SR-71 Blackbird’s crews fondly remember the crew members of the KC-135Q Stratotanker for being vigilant about keeping them safe.… Read More

5 months ago

SR-71 pilot tells the story of when a KC-135Q crew flew through a thunderstorm with their tanker’s throttles frozen to refuel its Blackbird

No story on the SR-71 Blackbird would be complete without an understanding and appreciation of just how valuable the KC-135Q… Read More

11 months ago

Fairchild sets record with 20 KC-135 Stratotanker minimum interval take-off (MITO) departure

The process of getting a single KC-135 into the air is complex and takes a multitude of professional Airmen working… Read More

1 year ago

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

‘So … there I was, the only pilot in the cockpit and I have never piloted a KC-135 before!,’ Roger… Read More

1 year ago

“NASA 831 do not light your afterburners!” The story of the SR-71B Blackbird that had an almost catastrophic fuel leak on a mission to perform a flyby at EAA Oshkosh

Upon their safe return to Dryden and exiting the SR-71B Blackbird, Meyer and Schneider donned a pair of Wisconsin "cheeseheads"… Read More

1 year ago

The epic story of the KC-135 crew that crossed Vietnam’s DMZ and went into a dive to refuel a flamed out F-105

The boomer told the KC-135 pilot to push over into a dive - probably 10 to 20 degrees nose low… Read More

1 year ago

USAF seeks companies able to provide commercial derivative tanker aircraft to supplement its tanker aircraft fleet at the end of KC-46A production

The KC-135 will be 70 years old when the Air Force expects to receive its last KC-46 delivery in 2029,… Read More

1 year ago

USAF B-52 strategic bombers Fly Over All 30 NATO Nations for the Second Time

On May 31, 2021 as part of Operation Allied Sky B-52 Stratofortress aircraft deployed to Morón Air Base, Spain, flew… Read More

1 year ago

USAF KC-135 loses air-refueling hose over Finland while refueling a Finnish F/A-18. And it’s not the first time.

The fall of the KC-135 Stratotanker hose did not cause any damage to the equipment or personnel. On Mar. 16,… Read More

2 years ago

Photos of Blue Angels getting fuel on their way home to NAS Pensacola show that the team is still flying one F/A-18 tandem seat Legacy Hornet

As shown by the main image of this post, the team is still flying one F/A-18 tandem seat Legacy Hornet.… Read More

2 years ago

This shot of a B-2 approaching the boom of a KC-135 is the coolest photo you will see from the Super Bowl LV

The cool photo in this post shows a B-2 Spirit assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Missouri preparing to… Read More

2 years ago

Elephant Walk in the Arctic: Eielson AFB team exercises rapid combat readiness despite the darkness, despite the pandemic, despite the -40F ECT

With great amounts of planning, preparation and communication 18 F-35A Lightning IIs, 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons, and two KC-135 Stratotankers… Read More

2 years ago

“USAF should not retire KC-135s and KC-10s to avoid tanker shortage while KC-46 is delayed,” head of US Transportation Command says

The USAF wants to cut 29 KC-135s and KC-10s, but the House and Senate’s drafts of the 2021 defense policy bill blocks… Read More

2 years ago