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Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker (58-0102)


A KC-135R tanker from Tinker, 580102, begins the "slowing down" process by using flaps, ailerons, brakes, etc., after a noon-hour landing on KRNO's runway 16L. This oldtimer, built in 1958 (just eight years after I was born), has an entirely new lease on life as a result of it receiving a Block 45 program upgrade last year. All eight tankers in the 507th Air Refueling Wing (AF Reserve Command) at Tinker (Oklahoma) have been upgraded.


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Instead of me typing out info to describe the Block 45 upgrades, viewers who are interested in obtaining more information can click on the following link ...
"5" stars again, Gary!!! Hey, I too was eight years old when that Stratotanker was built. So, tell me, where can I go to get a "Block 45" upgrade??? :-)
Yvon Dionne
Nice capture and thanks for the link.
Roy Hunte
Note the size and shape of the engines, well these are CFM-56s with a thrust rating of about 34,000 pounds. The original engines probably were P&W JT3C or J57 14,000 pounds of thrust, very noisy and left a trail of smoke like a chimney.
David Mortimer
Snow in OK? Thanks for the Block 45 link. In the mid 1970s I had a few beers with a KC-135 crew in Guam (Anderson AFB) that was based in Maine (Loring AFB) and had come to WEST PAC for training. To a man they swore that their only long haul nav equipment/technology was a sextant. I wonder if the KC-135R qualified navigator is qualified in shooting the stars? I wonder if they even carry a navigator. Sorry for the long comment. BTW, nice pic.
Dave Sheehy
Magnificent scene Gary- 5*+++
Darryl Sarno
Another beauty Gary!
Frank Rasmussen
Former KC-135Q tanker (when it had J57s.) Was part of the fleet at Beale used to refuel the Sled's.
I sure like that gray, simple but very coool
Greg Byington
That's a really nice picture, Gary! I especially like the lighting, i.e. the sun reflecting off the "plain" gray aircraft. It makes it look more elegant than plain. Oh, I could use an "upgrade" too, since I would have been around three years old when it was built. ;-)
Great shot! I used to maintain KC-135A's at Castle AFB in '68.
Tom Vance
5 stars for the "Tinker Tanker"
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