Bungle From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2076 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, 2744 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2057 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 United States of America, joined May 2000, 19737 posts, RR: 75 Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2008 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!
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