KC-135 Stratotanker

The KC-135 Stratotanker is an aerial refueling military aircraft. KC-135 Stratotanker and the Boeing 707 airliner were developed from the Boeing 367-80 prototype.

Role : Aerial refuelling and transport
National origin : United States
Manufacturer : Boeing
First flight : 31 August 1956
Introduced : June 1957
Status : Active service
Primary users : United States Air Force, French Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Turkish Air Force
Produced : 1954–1965
Number built : 803
Unit cost : US$39.6 million (FY98 constant dollars)
Developed from : C-135 Stratolifter
Variants : Boeing NC-135

KC-135 Stratotanker Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3: pilot, co-pilot and boom operator. Some KC-135 missions require the addition of a navigator.
  • Capacity: 37 passengers
  • Payload: 83,000 lb (37,600 kg)
  • Length: 136 ft 3 in (41.53 m)
  • Wingspan: 130 ft 10 in (39.88 m)
  • Height: 41 ft 8 in (12.70 m)
  • Wing area: 2,433 ft² (226 m²)
  • Empty weight: 98,466 lb (44,663 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 297,000 lb (135,000 kg)
  • Useful load: 200,000 lb (90,700 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 322,500 lb (146,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × CFM International CFM56 (F108-CF-100) turbofan, 21,634 lbf (each)
  • Maximum Fuel Load: 31,275 US gal (118 kL)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 580 mph (933 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 530 mph
  • Range: 1,500 mi (2,419 km) with 150,000 lb (68,039 kg) of transfer fuel
  • Ferry range: 11,015 mi (17,766 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,200 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,900 ft/min (1,490 m/min)
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