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Boeing KC-135T Stratotanker (58-0102)

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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 ...<br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amc.af.mil/News/Features/Display/Article/878375/tinker-kc-135s-first-afrc-wing-to-receive-block-45-upgrade/">http://www.amc.af.mil/News/Features/Display/Article/878375/tinker-kc-135s-first-afrc-wing-to-receive-block-45-upgrade/</a>
cliff731
&quot;5&quot; 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 &quot;Block 45&quot; upgrade??? :-)
Yvon Dionne
Nice capture and thanks for the link.
Roy Hunte
Outstanding!
chalet
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&amp;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.
TWA55
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 &quot;plain&quot; gray aircraft. It makes it look more elegant than plain. Oh, I could use an &quot;upgrade&quot; too, since I would have been around three years old when it was built. ;-)
Robert Farquharson
Great shot! I used to maintain KC-135A's at Castle AFB in '68.
Tom Vance
5 stars for the &quot;Tinker Tanker&quot;
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