Aviation Photo #1172265 Boeing NKC-135E Stratotanker (717-100A) - USA - Air Force

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A target missile is painted on the forward half of the fuselage to indicate its mission as serving in airborne laser target aquisition tests.
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    Boeing NKC-135E Stratotanker (717-100A)
    Boeing C-135 Stratotanker/Stratolifter
    Boeing C-135 Stratotanker/Stratolifter
    San Juan - Luis Munoz Marin International (Isla Verde)
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    January 13, 2007
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Comments (12)

13 years ago
Strange aircraft! Big nose
13 years ago
Let's hope missile developers don't discover black (or sky-colored paint. :)
13 years ago
I rated this photo 5 star because you showed me something realy strange.
12 years ago
That aircraft looks angry. Nice pic. Love the colors
12 years ago
Odd loooking aircraft yet it really stands out. Nice job.
11 years ago
OK, so it's a bit bizarre...but it's right up there with what the USAF has done to any number of other 135 airframes. Is there ANYTHING that a 135/707 et.al. CAN'T do? At least they 86'd the old "dogwhistle - waterburner" J-57 powerplants!
10 years ago
Real interesting photo
9 years ago
I bet the pilots appreciated being located right next to the bullseye. "Ok, when we give the signal, hunker down in your seats."
9 years ago
It smiles kinda like this: :P
6 years ago
Very interesting photograph of a rare airplane. And I join an earlier poster by asking: Is there ANYTHING that a 135/707 et.al. CAN'T do? Great aircraft, like the C-130 and DC-3/C-47 up there as the most adaptable aircraft ever built!
6 years ago
This is why USA is USA
5 years ago
Moral of this photo is: Paint your missiles black, and they'll get through no problem.

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