Still Going Strong - Special Mission Aircraft

In the second of a two-part feature, Combat Aircraft Journal presents an overview of the US Air Force C-135 family operating in the special mission role.

RC-135V/W [USAF/SSgt Michael Battles]
The RC-135V/W Rivet Joint fleet has maintained a constant presence in support of Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ in recent years, providing near real-time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. USAF/SSgt Michael Battles

In addition to the Stratotanker’s core role as an in-flight refuelling aircraft, US Air Force C-135 Stratolifters have been modified for numerous specialized roles including weather reconnaissance, electronic intelligence and as aerial command posts to meet a variety of special mission roles. Operated by Air Combat Command’s (ACC’s) 55th Wing at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, the fleet currently includes the OC-135B, RC-135S/U/V/W, TC-135W and WC-135C/W models.


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