WC-135 Constant Phoenix

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

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

4 months ago

Offutt AFB receives second KC-135R Stratotanker converted to WC-135R Constant Phoenix nuke sniffer

Originally delivered to the Air Force in 1964, WC-135R tail number 64-14831 most recently flew with the Arizona Air National… Read More

1 year 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

USAF retired final OC-135B Open Skies observation aircraft

On Jun. 4, 2021 during a ceremony at the Lincoln Airport, the 55th Wing officially retired its final OC-135 Open… Read More

3 years ago

First of two OC-135B Open Skies observation aircraft that the USAF is retiring will make its final flight this week

The USAF is retiring its two OC-135B Open Skies aircraft, with the first, #61-2672, making the final flight this week.… Read More

3 years ago

USAF retires one of its only two WC-135 Constant Phoenix nuclear sniffer planes

One of only two WC-135s in the entire Air Force inventory, the fleet is scheduled to be replaced by the… Read More

4 years ago

U.S. NAVY EP-3 RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT TAKES EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID COLLISION WITH CHINESE J-10 FIGHTER IN THE SKIES OVER EAST CHINA SEA

The J-10 was armed and came as close as 300 feet in front of the EP-3, causing the Navy aircraft… Read More

7 years ago

CHINESE Su-30 FIGHTERS FLY UPSIDE-DOWN ABOVE USAF WC-135 CONSTANT PHOENIX NUCLEAR SNIFFER PLANE

U.S. official revealed the two Chinese Su-30 fighters came within 150 feet of the USAF WC-135, with one flying upside-down directly above… Read More

7 years ago

THE INTRIGUING WC-135 CONSTANT PHOENIX PAYS A VISIT TO PATRICK AFB

WC-135 Constant Phoenix flies in direct support of the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System, a global network of nuclear detection… Read More

7 years ago