|Quoting USAir1489 (Reply 11):|
Duce, so a KC-135RT has an in-flight receptacle? I've been trying to figure out what makes him stand out from the KC-135R's... supposedly an RT will be on static display at McGuire's show this year!
The RTs were one-time EC
-135s that were returned to tanker duty, and retained the receiver equipment, actually designated KC
-135A(RT). I flew them at Grissom AFB, IN
back in the mid to late '80s, even was checked out as a receiver co-pilot - we had the only ones (I think a total of 6, I don't recall the exact number) in service. Grissom led the league in odd-ball KC
's back then, we also had 4 KC
-135D models, they had been used for some photo-recon work back in the '60s (the equipment was in place of the forward body tank, I think) and were later converted back to tankers. Due to equipment differences, they had the "D" varient designation.
Is McGuire having a show this year? Last I looked there was nothing on their website about it, and my e-mail to Public Affairs went unanswered.