Tag: KC-135

Airbus, Lockheed Martin team up and offer A330 MRTT to U.S. government
“The U.S. Air Force deserves the best aerial-refueling technology and performance available under the sun and this great industry team, Lockheed Martin and Airbus, will offer exactly that,” Tom Enders, Airbus CEO Lockheed Martin and Airbus announced recently that the two companies have signed a memorandum of agreement to “explore opportunities” to meet...
Boeing cleared to deliver first KC-46A to USAF
The KC-46A completed tests required for first aircraft delivery planned in late October: the tanker is now cleared to refuel the F-16 and C-17 while receiving fuel from the KC-135 Boeing is now cleared to deliver the first KC-46A to the U.S. Air Force following the completion of the final flight tests required on Jul. 6. The aerial tanker is now...
The incredible story of the C-5 crew that performed three night air refuelings during a storm
"I called the middle tanker, below me: 'What number are you, in the middle?' He responded, 'I'm tanker #2.' I said, 'No, you are now tanker #1 and we are on the way down. Also, just to warn you, if we don't get this gas right now, we are going swimming,'" Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former...
That time a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft exploded after a failed pressure test
The outflow valves which are used to regulate the pressure of the KC-135 were capped off during a 5 year overhaul and never opened back up The impressive photos in this post show the result of failed pressure test on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. "This is an example of what happens when we do not pay attention to detail, and do...
Funding for B-52 re-engine program will unlikely be approved before 2020
The B-52 re-engine program will have to fit in the budget at the same time as the Air Force’s new B-21 bomber and new ICBM, as well as a new U.S. Navy missile submarine At the Association of Old Crows conference in Washington Gen. Robin Rand, head of U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), told reporters that funding for...
Rare video showsUSAF B-52 strategic bomber refueling From French Air ForceC-135FR tanker
Seeing a B-52 refueling from a French Air Force C-135FR is quite a rare sight given that BUFFs typically refuel from USAF KC-135 and KC-10 tankers Taken on Sep. 25, 2017 the interesting video in this post feature a U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress preparing for take-off at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, England and then performing air-to-air refueling with...
First Block 45 KC-135
The Block 45 major avionics update is forecast to prolong the life of the KC-135 into its 80th or 90th year On Aug. 25, 2017, the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa received its first KC-135 aircraft converted with the newest digital avionics cockpit instruments known as the Block 45 upgrade. As explained by Master...
The tests are to confirm that the KC-46 systems do not suffer performance degradation that would prevent mission completion when subjected to the external radio frequency environment On May 5, 2017, a KC-46 Pegasus has entered the Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF) at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) for the first time. These tests are undertaken in order to demonstrate that the new...