Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

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Flying the KC-135Q – Global Reach for the SR-71

A force of KC-135Qs was dedicated to air-to-air refuel the SR-71A Blackbird.  In the August 2012 issue of Aviation News pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) described his experiences flying the ‘Q’ variant of the Stratotanker supporting the SR-71A on its secret missions

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KC-135Q Pilot: Special Blackbird procedures and rescuing an SR-71

Pilot Lt Col Erik C Swanson (ret.) concludes his description of serving on the KC-135Q force supporting the SR-71A Blackbird on its secret missions

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60 years of Special Mission USAF C-135

Combat Aircraft Journal celebrates the ageing special mission Boeing C-135s, with many reaching 60 years since they were built

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USAF risks bearing costs of future KC-46 delays

The US Government Accountability Office has recommended that the US Air Force fully test the KC-46A tanker programme’s remote vision system before the technology enters service in order to address previously highlighted deficiencies

100 ARW receives Block 45 KC-135

The 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, has received its first KC-135R Block 45 Stratotanker

US completes first Turkish KC-135R upgrade

A Turkish Air Force-operated Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker has recently been returned to Turkey after completion of a Block 45 upgrade

Finland concludes AAR exercise with the USAF

For the second time this year, Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets from the Finnish Air Force have concluded an air-to-air refuelling exercise with the USAF

USAF seeks commercial derivative tanker

The US Air Force is looking at commercially derived aircraft options for its Bridge Tanker programme to supplement the ongoing delivery of Boeing KC-46A tankers

USAF seeks new tankers through KC-Y programme

The USAF has formally launched its KC-Y programme, which seeks to source a new commercial derivative tanker aircraft from a qualified, interested manufacturer to supplement its Boeing KC-46A Pegasus fleet from 2029

USAF seeks BLOS capability for tanker fleet

The US Air Force (USAF) has turned to industry as it seeks information regarding the possibility of integrating beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) technologies onto its air-to-air refuelling aircraft.