Aviation Photo #1099153: Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker (717-148) - USA - Air Force


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  • Pawel Cieplak
    USA - Air Force
    Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker (717-148)
    Boeing C-135 Stratotanker/Stratolifter
    Boeing C-135 Stratotanker/Stratolifter
    Boeing
    17725
    57-2589
    Warsaw - Okecie / Frederic Chopin
    Poland
    July 28, 2006
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Anonymous
10 years ago
Anyone know what's that thing behind APU?
Anonymous
10 years ago
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!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice colors
Anonymous
10 years ago
To the visitor of Poland: that´s a refueling unit to refuel other planes during flight. This plane is a stratotanker.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice picture, and its a refueling boom.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's a flying-boom for inflight refuelling. Same as on the USAF KC-135s
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's just the tailpipe for mid-air refueling another airplane, Great pic!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice photo. The thing behind the APU is the refueling boom.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's a refueling boom for other aircraft.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It appears this used to be a refueler
Anonymous
10 years ago
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?
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is an aircraft's tanker flying boom. Anyway great shot. Pozdrawiam z Chicago.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Colorful and clear shot. Nice.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That looks like a refuelling boom to me. Great pic!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'm pretty sure its a mid-air refuelling......thing
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's a aerial refueling boom. This is no standard KC-135 though....Anyone know the history of this aircraft?
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Those colors really make it look sharp
Anonymous
10 years ago
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
Anonymous
10 years ago
Graceful lines of the classic 707 shape - shown off well here - It will be a sad day when they no longer fly. Wonderful pic :-)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Unuasual aircraft good light,gear not quite tucked up.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Outstanding photo during gear reatraction. What a great looking jet.
Anonymous
7 years ago
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