1979-02-01

The KC-135 - A Successful Multirole Transport Aircraft 791093

The Boeing Model 367-80 was the prototype from which grew the 707 and the KC-135. Over 700 KC-135A models were built during a ten year period. Built as strategic tankers, their mission requirement has broadened to strategic airlift refueling, tactical aircraft refueling, reconnaissance, electronic surveillance, and as airborne command post. Because of its good basic structural and aerodynamic design, systems modernization now under study will allow the -135 to provide a multimission capability for many years.

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