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What Happened To This KC-135!?!?  
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 32
Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 13698 times:


What happened? Anybody got any history on this one?


I believe I can fly.....
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User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13615 times:

This info from Joe Baugher's site...

"1418 converted to KC-135R. (KC-135R, 153rd ARS) w/o during ground test at Tinker AFB,
OK Apr 7, 1999 when pressurization test wrecked the
rear fuselage. At previous maintenance, the pressure
relief valves were secured shut and were not released
afterwards. I have seen this plane quoted as 57-1478, but 71418 is on the tail
in the wreck photos."

A/C serial is 57-1418


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13505 times:

THere are several hulled -135s around the east ramp here at Tinker. Though that one is now gone.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate

User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13492 times:

Ah, I was wondering where that was. The picture had no caption or anything with it. I hope nobody was anywhere near that thing when it went! I used to work around B-52 and KC-135A's, I can only imagine what that must have been like! Thanks for the info  Smile Makes me wonder if that tail number was ever based at Carswell AFB with me before it got its mod?

I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 13463 times:

It Farted  Laugh out loud

Boy that must have been hell on the test crews ears when that thing let go.

It a way I am surprised that it blew that violently, I would have thought that once one of the panels started unzipping, it would have released the pressure in short order, violent but not causing that catastrophic blowout.

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1325 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13379 times:

And now, the rest of the story.

The external cabin pressure gauge that was used during this test had no stop for its needle. The result is that went the needle went past its maximum limit, it started around again. So when the cabin pressure was set for the test, it was actually much higher and kaboom!!

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