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Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker 2nd Edition

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781910809013

Author: Robert S Hopkins III

Publisher: Crecy Publishing

Format: Hardback, 360 Pages

Price: AUD $48.95
RRP: AUD $69.95

Few would have imagined when “Dix” Loesch and “Tex” Johnston took the   KC-135A up for its maiden flight on 31 August 1956 that some 60 years later, it would still be in front-line active service around the world. What began as a jet-powered replacement for the KC-97 to refuel Strategic Air Command’s growing B-47 and B-52 bomber fleet soon evolved into America’s first military heavy jet transport, an airborne command post platform capable of surviving and then commanding America’s nuclear war plan, a testbed that enabled scientists to study the Earth, send men to the Moon and understand the power of the atom.

Other variants of the KC-135 included a reconnaissance airframe that monitors arms agreements, gathers intelligence to understand the intentions and capabilities of potential enemies and provides real-time intelligence in combat - beginning with the war in Southeast Asia and continuing to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Today, tanker versions of the KC-135 remain in service with Chile, France, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States, while reconnaissance variants operate with Great Britain and the United States. This is a fully revised and expanded edition of the original bestselling ‘Aerofax’ book and includes operational histories of the 80+ unique types, as well as individual details for all 820 airplanes by serial number including first flight, delivery, changes in configuration, attrition, and retirement. Appendices cover all units, a summary of each accident, display and stored aircraft, and record-setting achievements.

Book Title: Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker 2nd Edition
Publisher: Crecy Publishing
Title Release: August 2016
ISBN: 9781910809013
Author: Robert S Hopkins III
Format: Hardback, 360 Pages
About the Author: The author is a former USAF pilot qualified on 17 types of KC-135s, EC-135s, and RC-135s, who bring both personal experience and a broad historical understanding to this definitive work on one the most significant military aircraft of the Cold War and beyond.

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