posted on Jan, 29 2006 @ 06:59 AM
I was looking through my pics on my hard drive today, and realized just how many missions the KC-135 has performed in the last 45+ years. I thought
I'd create a little salute to it, with pics of the different missions they're performed.
KC-135A (Used water injection systems to get more power to take off.)
Tail number 91518. Until retirement the oldest 135 in inventory. Built in 1959.
Tail number 00376. Built in 1960. Third oldest in inventory until retirement due to corrosion.
Tail number 12669. Callsign Trout 99. Went by Speckled Trout. Was the VIP transport for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Also doubled as the
test bed for almost all major upgrades to navigation, autopilot, and communications systems.
EC-135. Used for Looking Glass during the cold war.
WC-135. Used for surveying weather after nuclear tests, and later for general weather testing. Note the sample intake on the side of the fuselage,
just over the wing.
I included this one, just because it is an interesting pic. It was one of the KC-135s that was sold, this particular one to India. India, Turkey,
and Singapore have all bought them. I'm pretty sure it caused a few heart attacks in the old time USAF folks though when it first made the
[edit on 1/29/2006 by Zaphod58]