Bungle From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2436 times:
I believe that all the KC135Q tankers were converted to KC135T after the SR71 was retired.
I have not heard of any KC10s modified to carry the special jp7 fuel the SR71 required.
Im not sure what modifications were done to the KC135Q but the SR71 fuel has to be preheated before fueling the A/C.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2914 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2417 times:
The main diference between the KC-135Q and -T versus the -E and -R are that the tanks that carry the offloadable fuel are seperated from the ones that the tanker uses. This eliminates the possibility of the tanker trying to use JP-7, which has a much higher flashpoint than Jet-A or equivalent feuls, and is unuseable by the tankers engines.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
I was stationed at Beale AFB, home of the U-2's here in the states as my last Air Force assignment. I was lucky enough to be able to sit in the cockpit of a U-2, and ride in the case car a couple of times with my Commander. He even let me drive once. Hard to believe that the U-2 is 1950's technology and it is still going strong today!