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Boeing RC-135 USAF Model
Boeing RC135 - USAF
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Quick Statistics: Body Length - 17.00 in.[43.20 cm.] • Span - 16.30 in.[41.40 cm.] • Height - 5.20 in.[13.20 cm.]
Scale - 1:96
Era: Recent • Company: Boeing
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Model Specific Information

Mission The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker├»┬┐┬Żs primary mission is to aerial refuel compatible U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. It also provides refueling support to compatible allied aircraft when required.

Background

On 15 July 1954, Boeing├»┬┐┬Żs famous Model 367-80 prototype took to the air for the first time. The four-jet, swept-wing transport provided the basis for the prolific Model 707 civil airliner and Model 717 (C-135) tanker/transport families, and also set the design philosophy which extended throughout Boeing├»┬┐┬Żs hugely successful airliner dynasty. Note: The Model 717 differs primarily from the Model 707 by having a smaller-diameter fuselage, deletion of cabin windows, and reduced size and weight.

In September 1955, following successful trials with the ├»┬┐┬ŻDash Eighty├»┬┐┬Ż prototype configured with a Boeing-designed flying boom under the rear fuselage, Boeing received the first order for the KC-135A tanker. The first aircraft (#55-3118) flew on 31 August 1956. The KC-135A entered service with the U.S. Air Force on 28 June 1957. The last tanker was delivered to the Air Force in 1965.

A total of 732 KC-135s were built in a long and efficient production run. The first 582 aircraft were built with a short tailfin, but from then on a taller fin was introduced to make the aircraft more stable during takeoff. This feature was eventually retrofitted to all aircraft in the production line.

Over 500 of the tankers — all built by Boeing at its Seattle facilities — remain in service today. In addition, Boeing built 88 aircraft in over 30 different models for other USAF uses, such as cargo transports, flying command posts, electronic reconnaissance and photo mapping. The last of these special-purpose aircraft was delivered in late-1966. Responsibility for the KC-135 was transferred to Boeing in Wichita in 1969.

Features

During aerial refueling operations, nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the tanker├»┬┐┬Żs flying boom, the KC-135├»┬┐┬Żs primary fuel transfer method. A special shuttlecock-shaped drogue, attached to and trailed behind the flying boom, is used to refuel aircraft fitted with probes. In the early-1990s, a feasibility study was undertaken to fit the KC-135R with wing pods for the refueling of probe-equipped aircraft from U.S. and foreign services.

The Multi-Point Refueling System Program is an effort to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of the Air Force’s air refueling fleet. Forty-five KC-135R Stratotankers are being outfitted to accept wingtip hose-and-drogue and air refueling pods for refueling NATO and U.S. Navy aircraft. With the number of worldwide joint and combined military operations on the rise, the Department of Defense directed the Air Force to outfit part of its KC-135 fleet with the capability of refueling both probe-and-drogue and boom receptacle aircraft on the same mission. This also the capability of refueling up to two probe-and-drogue aircraft at the same time.

While in flight, the aircraft├»┬┐┬Żs large flyable boom is controlled by a boom operator, commonly called ├»┬┐┬Żboomer├»┬┐┬Ż. Performed from a prone position in a fairing under the rear fuselage, there is an excellent view of the boom and the receiver aircraft. Normally, the boomer is in radio contact with the receiver aircraft. A small control column is provided which is linked to control surfaces on the end of the boom. Further controls are provided for extending and retracting the boom and the operation of director lights which provide positional information for receiver pilots. The hook-up is made by directions given to the receiver aircraft through a system of lights located on the belly of the KC-135, just behind the nose gear (the same system was used by the KC-97).

Internally, the KC-135 features integral wing tanks between the spars, and further tanks in the lower lobe of the fuselage, making a total of 22. The fuel cells are made of nylon fabric less than one-sixteenth of an inch thick — a cell weighing 80 pounds will hold seven tons of fuel! The fuel system is managed from the cockpit by the co-pilot. Fuel can be offloaded at a rate of 6,500 pounds (2,948kg) per minute. This is enough fuel in one minute to operate an average family car for one year.

The main cargo hold provides enough room for six standard 463L-type cargo pallets, which are loaded through a side cargo door. Depending on fuel storage configuration, the KC-135 can carry up to 83,000 pounds (37,648kg) of cargo or 80 passengers. A crew of four is comprised of two pilots, a navigator and a boom operator.
 

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All Boeing models are supplied to ModelBuffs by MyMahoganyModel - an official licensee of ├»┬┐┬ŻThe Boeing Company├»┬┐┬Ż and meet the stringent quality requirements of the original manufacturer.

General Product Information

Our Boeing RC-135 USAF Model scale model aircraft exhibits unique, unrivalled quality and detailed design to come as close as possible to the accuracy of the actual plane. It comes standard with a robust , durable base or stand which is available in a variety of different finishes designed to match your own personal requirements including solid wood, wood with polished chrome steel supports or adjustable wood wall mount and will be ready within about 8-10 weeks from placement of order.


The Boeing RC-135 USAF Model model airplane is made of the finest kiln dried renewable mahogany wood (commonly known as Lauan or Meranti) which has undergone many stages of carving and meticulous and careful sanding giving the beautiful finished museum quality masterpiece. Many collectors and model connoisseurs demonstrate their preference for genuine handmade and hand painted mahogany wood models rather than plastic, resin or die cast (diecast) alternatives due to the overall look and totally different feel of the item - we trust you will find the same. Our craftsmen and gifted artisans ensure that our finely handcrafted model airplanes match the precise blueprint details of the original aircraft. The Boeing RC-135 USAF Model model aircrafts paint scheme, markings and parts are closely matched, reflecting the original Boeing RC-135 USAF Model . This top-quality Boeing RC-135 USAF Model replica will surely enthral anyone who receives this stylish desktop display as a gift. This Boeing RC-135 USAF Model model plane is for sure one of the most appropriate and desirably collectable gifts for every aviation enthusiast and avid aircraft collector whilst also displaying a perfect resemblance to the actual Boeing RC-135 USAF Model.

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