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Picture of the Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker (717-148) aircraft

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More: Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker (717-148)
More: Warsaw - Okecie / Frederic Chopin (WAW / EPWA)
More: Poland, July 28, 2006
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57-2589 (cn 17725)
More: Pawel Cieplak
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A visitor from Netherlands posted Sun November 30, 2008:
Great plane, never knew that the USAf had tankers with this "Air force one" - like paint job...
Btw why do all shots showing this beauty give her designation 717, not 707? Surely this aint no maddog produced at Everett! :O

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 12, 2006:
Outstanding photo during gear reatraction. What a great looking jet.

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 1, 2006:
Unuasual aircraft good light,gear not quite tucked up.

A visitor from Australia posted Mon September 25, 2006:
Graceful lines of the classic 707 shape - shown off well here - It will be a sad day when they no longer fly. Wonderful pic :-)

A visitor from China posted Sat September 2, 2006:
57-2589, is VIP transport tanker! This aircraft has had long careerin the Command Support role, is assigned to the 55th SRW,was used as the Commander of SAC,her used callsign--Casey01.Later transferred to Air Combat Comand, 55th Wing, in 1992,the base still at Offutt AFB,still used as a VIP transport.During 1998,the aircraft was transferred to the 15th Air Base Wing,at Hickam AFB , Hawaii, was used transport for Commander of Pacific Command & Pacific Air Forces.the aircraft flew to Edwards AFB on July 2002 to join the 412th Flight Test Squadron as the new Speckled Trout 99, for the transport Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Those colors really make it look sharp

A visitor from Poland posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Nice one... It stood in front of WAW cargo terminal and was unloading some cargo so it's a multipurpose craft. Not just a tanker.

A visitor from Italy posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Nice shot. It was originally a Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker, converted to VC-135A. Was personal transport of CinC of Pacific Air Forces. Has taken over "Speckled Trout" role previously performed by C-135C 61-2669 till march 2003 as personal transport of USAF Chief of Staff after been upgraded to Pacer CRAG.

A visitor from Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Truly amazing, how some aircraft don't lose their aesthetic appeal even after many, many years. 707 is certainly one of them. Classic! The photo itself is a very good example of correct >colour< composition, gently transforming from white to deep blue against the almost exactly the same blue tonality of the sky in the background.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Nice shot. It's got that classic 707/720 profile, which is always an eyecatcher. By the way, that thing that's protruding behind the aircraft is an air-to-air refuelling boom, as this aircraft is a tanker.

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
It's a aerial refueling boom. This is no standard KC-135 though....Anyone know the history of this aircraft?

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
I'm pretty sure its a mid-air refuelling......thing

A visitor from Canada posted Fri August 25, 2006:
That looks like a refuelling boom to me. Great pic!

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Colorful and clear shot. Nice.

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
This is an aircraft's tanker flying boom. Anyway great shot. Pozdrawiam z Chicago.

A visitor from Colombia posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Nice colors. And for the one who asked, I think it looks like a refueling boom. Does anybody know if it was originally a KC-135?

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
It appears this used to be a refueler

A visitor from Canada posted Fri August 25, 2006:
That's a refueling boom for other aircraft.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Nice photo. The thing behind the APU is the refueling boom.

A visitor from El Salvador posted Fri August 25, 2006:
That's just the tailpipe for mid-air refueling another airplane, Great pic!

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri August 25, 2006:
It's a flying-boom for inflight refuelling. Same as on the USAF KC-135s

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Nice picture, and its a refueling boom.

A visitor from Uruguay posted Fri August 25, 2006:
To the visitor of Poland: that´s a refueling unit to refuel other planes during flight. This plane is a stratotanker.

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Nice colors

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 25, 2006:
Looks like a classic refueling boom, very similar to
the KC-135. Looks like some research on this a/c is
in order...very nice pic anyway!

A visitor from Poland posted Thu August 24, 2006:
Anyone know what's that thing behind APU?

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