posted on Jul, 14 2013 @ 10:34 AM
reply to post by Kurokage
As of 2010, there were 417 KC-135s in the US inventory. Wiki
pretty good list of all the squadrons and their bases.
As for who refuels what, it depends on a couple of factors. There is one KC-135 that's dedicated to Edwards, and depending on the fuel required for
the aircraft, you may see whoever gained the KC-135RTs that were at Beale for many years operating in support of them.
The current model in use with the Air Force is the R model, which went from the old
turbofan to the CFM56
engines. The RT,
when they were using the TF33 engines was known as the Q model. The only exterior difference (which used to piss my father off, because he could walk
around any -135 except the Q model blindfolded), was that they had an extra antenna under the bottom. The Q model flew out of Beale AFB in support of
the SR-71 flights, and carried JP-7 fuel that they required.
Once they were flying, the Q model pilots would switch to the tanks with the JP-7 in them, because it burned much better than the JP4/JP8 that was
used at the time. But man it was a bitch to get to start burning. The SR-71 used to have to use TEB to ignite the fuel on engine start. Once it was
ignited, it would burn just fine, but it was so hard to ignite, that you could actually use it to put fires out, and it wouldn't light.
7/14/2013 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)