RC-135 Rivet Joint

RC-135 Instructor Navigator recalls when he and his pilot hand-flew the aircraft for 3 hours after its autopilot failed

RC-135 Instructor Navigator recalls when he and his pilot hand-flew the aircraft for 3 hours after its autopilot failed

The autopilot An autopilot is a system used to control the path of an aircraft. It is often an integral… Read More

4 days ago

USAF grounds entire fleets of KC-135 tankers, RC-135 reconnaissance planes, and WC-135 “nuke sniffers” to replace faulty tail pins

The inspections should take just 30 minutes and even before the order was issued, at least 90 KC-135s had already… Read More

1 year ago

China releases video showing PLANAF J-11 intercepting USAF RC-135V and says the Rivet Joint engaged in dangerous maneuvers against its fighter aircraft

The Chinese military has accused the US of engaging in “dangerous maneuvers” and “seriously violating” international law as per a… Read More

2 years ago

Video shows Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flying within 20 feet of USAF RC-135 reconnaissance plane

The Chinese Navy J-11 pilot flew an unsafe maneuver by flying in front of and within 20 feet of the… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the RC-135 Spy Plane that was diverted to intercept a Soviet Tu-95 bomber because no fighters were on alert. The RC-135 was renamed FC-135.

‘The RC-135 was diverted to do the intercept. The RC snuck up on the Bear from low rear and then… Read More

2 years ago

Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighter jet fires missile near RAF RC-135W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft

On Sep. 29 a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker) fighter jet “released a missile” near a British RC-135… Read More

2 years ago

USAF Sent RC-135 Crews to UK to train on RC-135 Simulators

The RC-135 mission crew simulators in fact were affected by last March floodwaters and some of the training had to… Read More

5 years ago

One-third of Offutt AFB Underwater, Eight RC-135 Rivet Joints and One E-4B Doomsday plane Evacuated

Four RC-135s remain parked on the other side of the flightline, which is elevated. Roughly 3,000 feet of Offutt AFB… Read More

5 years ago

USAF RC-135V Rivet Joint Spy Plane flies over Black Sea amid Naval Clash between Russia and Ukraine

Flight Radar monitors showed the RC-135V has been flying close to the Crimean Peninsula, a Russian territory in the Black… Read More

6 years ago

USAF to relocate RC-135 Rivet Joint spy planes to RAF Fairford

The USAF has started to prepare for the closure of RAF Mildenhall with about 530 USAF personnel and 740 dependants… Read More

6 years ago

USAF, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members join to complete historic RC-135 Rivet Joint training mission

"This flight was important as a proof of concept to show we can generate a crew and fly without undue… Read More

6 years ago

HOW KADENA’S F-15Cs PROTECTED THE AIR ASSETS THAT WERE TRYING TO FIND KAL 007 WRECKAGE FROM SOVIET MiG-31s

Even if the wreckage of KAL 007 had fallen into international waters within the Sea of Japan, Kadena's F-15C Eagles… Read More

7 years ago

RAF RC-135 AIRSEEKER ON A HIGHLY CLASSIFIED MISSION NEAR RUSSIAN BORDER TRACKED BY PLANE SPOTTERS USING A MOBILE PHONE APP

The RC-135 could be seen at 27,000ft as it was gathering intelligence about Kaliningrad naval air base on the Baltic Sea… Read More

7 years ago