KC-135 Stratotanker

When a B-52 pitched up and collided with a KC-135 over Palomares: the story of the most famous Broken Arrow accident

When a B-52 pitched up and collided with a KC-135 over Palomares: the story of the most famous Broken Arrow accident

Operation Chrome Dome Operation Chrome Dome was Strategic Air Command's unprecedented nuclear deterrence operation, a hugely elaborate and costly response… Read More

4 weeks ago

Front landing gear retracts on KC-135 parked at McConnell AFB. No injuries reported.

Front landing gear retracts on KC-135 parked at McConnell AFB Appeared on Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook Page the photos in… Read More

1 month ago

Alligator blocks USAF KC-135 Stratotanker, fights with FWC Officers at MacDill AFB

Alligator blocks KC-135 Stratotanker Taken on Apr. 22, 2024 the curious photos in this post feature an alligator hiding under… Read More

3 months ago

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

4 months 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

4 months 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

6 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

9 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

11 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

12 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

1 year ago