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Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker (58-0086 / D) from the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE)
at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2008, Leeuwarden (the Netherlands)

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft. It and the Boeing 707 airliner were developed from the 367-80 prototype.
The KC-135 was the United States Air Force's first jet-powered refueling tanker and replaced the KC-97 Stratofreighter. The KC-135 was initially tasked to refuel strategic bombers, but was used extensively in the Vietnam War and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm to extend the range and endurance of United States tactical fighters and bombers. The KC-135 entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957;
it is one of six military fixed-wing aircraft with over 50 years of continuous service with its original operator. The KC-135 is supplemented by the larger KC-10. The KC-135R has four CFM-56 turbofan engines, mounted under 35-degree swept wings, which power it to takeoffs at gross weights up to 146.300 kg (322.500 pounds). Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the tanker's flying boom, the KC-135's primary fuel transfer method. A special shuttlecock-shaped drogue, attached to and trailing behind the flying boom, may be used to refuel aircraft fitted with probes. A boom operator stationed in the rear of the aircraft controls the boom while lying prone. A cargo deck above the refueling system can hold a mixed load of passengers and cargo. Depending on fuel storage configuration, the KC-135 can carry up to 38.000 kg (83.000 pounds) of cargo.
Boeing built 732 KC-135 Stratotankers for the United States Air Force between 1957 and 1965. The United States Air Force still has
about 550 KC-135 Stratotankers in service and has made substantial investment in a series of upgrade programs,
including reskinning of the lower wing surfaces, the installation of new CFM-56 engines and new avionics systems.
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