The first KC-135R tankers arrive at the boneyard after 20-23 thousand flight hours. Sad day in the t

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posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 01:59 AM
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This is a sad picture! The picture attached is of the first three "R" models sent to the Bone Yard. As of this month, there are already 12. 57-2593, 58-0008, 58-0114, 58-0130, 60-0319, 60-0321, 61-0302, 61-0306, 61-0312, 62-3546, 62-3548, and 63-8037.

Sources tell me that Fairchild is sending another one next week down there. Slowly but surely they are being retired and eventually replaced with the KC-46. On the way to the boneyard, they refueled a KC-10 in a symbolic gesture!

Enjoy!




posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 03:23 AM
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Give it to me.. Need a new house..



posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 11:14 AM
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The KC-135 always made me think of a giant Gatorade bottle in the sky. They`ve been around almost as long as the B-52 if not longer. Will go look that up right quick in a hurry. KC135 enter service 1957, B-52 1952. according to book titled Strategic Air Command.
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posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 11:19 AM
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And then they're going to whine about not having enough tankers for the mission, as usual. Just like they did after they started selling them.



posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 12:03 PM
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It's an example of the Military Industrial Complex. If the B-52 is still worth flying, why not keep the KC-135s flying? Because there's money to be made replacing them. I think it's very wasteful.
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posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 12:14 PM
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The -135 is reaching the point where it's expensive and maintenance intensive to operate. The B-52 is a purpose built military aircraft. The -135 is a converted airliner. You have to look at cycles, and fatigue life as well as hours.



posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 10:00 PM
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StratosFear
The KC-135 always made me think of a giant Gatorade bottle in the sky. They`ve been around almost as long as the B-52 if not longer. Will go look that up right quick in a hurry. KC135 enter service 1957, B-52 1952. according to book titled Strategic Air Command.
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Robin Williams came to Kyrgyzstan in the early 2000's to give us a show and when he came on the static display tanker he told me it was the "big tit in the sky". Couldn't agree more.



posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 10:10 PM
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You should have seen my father's reaction when the first Singapore KC-135 came through. I thought he was going to blow a gasket he was so pissed off. He came up through B-52s and -135s, and thought that the worst thing the Air Force did was put the fighter pilots in charge.



posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 10:16 PM
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almost posted my face....lol



posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 10:21 PM
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As a kid, I remember the KC-135's at Lorring AFB.. was always one of my favorites.. sad indeed. Thanks for the post and pictures.

Nice touch refueling the KC-10.



posted on Nov, 17 2013 @ 10:21 PM
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Great pic Boomer!

Nice smile you got there too...






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