|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):|
IIRC, Gen. Curt LeMay was aboard a KC-135A on a record breaking flight from the US to Brazil or Argentina back in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
TopBoom is indeed correct! Operation LONG LEGS was a non-stop flight from Westover AFB to Ezezia AP at Buenos Aires on KC-135A 55-3126, setting world speed and non-stop distance records. The flight earned the Harmon Trophy as well. The northbound flight on 13 November also set a record, and landed at National AP. The airplane was LeMay's favorite, and it eventually became the first SPECKLED TROUT.
In addition to Wheelus AB, LIbya, SAC B-29s, B-50s, B-47s, B-52s, and B-36s operated from Sidi Slimane, Morocco. Indeed, on 31 Jan 58, B-47E 52-0242 crashed there while carrying a nuclear weapon which released contamination.
Although not SAC, there were other KC-135 variants that visited Africa:
The ARIA [Advanced (later Apollo) Range Instrumented Aircraft] and TRIA [Telemetry Range Instrumented Aircraft] EC-135s deployed often to Ascension/Wideawake and African bases in support of the U.S. space program.
The STRIKE COMMAND KC-135A burned out at Cairo West AB. Cairo West also served as a divert base for SAC KC-135s during DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. The CENTCOM EC-135N and EC-135Y frequented Cairo West as well.
C-135B 62-4127 was an occasional visitor to Harare prior to its transfer from the NJ ANG.
RC-135As conducted photomapping of the Amazon and large portions of South America, and deployed to South Africa as well.
I have heard rumors that USAF assets refueled RAF aircraft during the Falklands/Malvinas campaign. None of these were involved in refueling the BLACK BUCK Vulcans themselves, but are purported to have refueled the Victor tankers which in turn refueled the Vulcans. None of the KC-135 community that I have interviewed claims to have participated, instead suggesting that it might have been SAC KC-10s which have the organic refueling drogue. None of my KC-10 colleagues have any first-hand knowledge of this, so it may well be apocryphal (I would love to get any kind of confirmation).
Since the KC-135R/Ts were acquired by AMC they have become regular visitors at many African and South American locations.
[edit: RC-135A information added; reformatting errors corrected.
[Edited 2013-04-07 19:27:51]
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