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The Boeing Kc 135 Stratotanker

Author : Robert S. Hopkins, III
ISBN : 1910809012
Genre : Airplanes
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Few would have imagined when "Dix" Loesch and "Tex" Johnston took the KC-135A up for its maiden flight on August 31, 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. 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.

California Warplanes

Author : Harold Skaarup
ISBN : 9781475901443
Genre : History
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This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been restored and preserved in the state of California. The aircraft include those flown by members of the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Army, the US Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard, the Air and Army National Guard units, and by various NATO and allied nations as well as a number of aircraft previously operated by opposition forces in peace and war. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active flying squadrons both at home and overseas. 150 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to American military aircraft. For those who would like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers, websites and email addresses have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or that on display as gate guardians throughout the state of California. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of California's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and a good number have been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view California's Warplane survivors.

Air Warfare An International Encyclopedia A L

Author : Walter J. Boyne
ISBN : 9781576073452
Genre : Aeronautics, Military
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Written by more than 100 international scholars and experts, this encyclopedia chronicles the individuals, equipment, and drama of nearly a century of aerial combat.

Complete History Of U S Combat Aircraft

Author : Erik Simonsen
ISBN : 9781580072274
Genre : History
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Since the first days of rivalry between the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, aircraft manufacturers have been vying for lucrative military aircraft contracts and competing for prized long-term production runs. As a result, many advanced and now legendary aircraft have been designed, built, and flown in every generation of aviation development. Focusing on the Cold War era, this book shows readers how crucial fly-off competitions have been to the development of America's military air arsenal. This book not only explains in detail how fly-off competitions are conducted, it shows the reader what both competing aircraft designs looked like during their trials, and then what the losing aircraft would have looked like in operational markings had it actually won. Described in vivid detail are the specific aircraft and how they fared, as well as the inside political maneuvering and subterfuge involved in often-controversial aircraft contract awards. Beginning with the Boeing B-47 Stratojet's decisive victory over rival Convair and Martin designs and ending with today's advanced unmanned aerial marvels, this book covers every era of Post-World War II aviation. Author Erik Simonsen uses the wonders of modern digital photography to create highly believable images of aviation's most tantalizing 'might have beens.'

1001 Aviation Facts

Author : Mike Machat
ISBN : 9781580072441
Genre : History
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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} In any specialized subject, detailed trivia (technical, or otherwise) is sought and prized by enthusiasts worldwide. Interesting but little-known facts have been part of aviation lore since that industry first began in the early 1900s, and today's digital aircraft are no different when it comes to this interest. Modeled after successful automotive books on the same theme, this book contains interesting and little-known facts about all aspects of aviation, written by a host of contributing authors, all of whom are well-respected experts in their fields. This book provides an insightful and in-depth look at aviation history by highlighting many little-known, yet very important aviation facts. Stories are organized by category, such as military, commercial, and sport aviation. Other popular topics include pilots and personalities, aviation movies, TV shows, and model building. More than 100 excellent photographs serve as visual highlights complementing the text. Although individual aircraft may have interesting technical histories, there are many small details that are actually vital to that aircraft's success or failure. This book brings those types of facts to the forefront, giving the reader a plethora of compelling data and information that will broaden their understanding and appreciation of aviation in general, plus aircraft and the people who make them fly.

Voices From An Old Warrior

Author : Christopher J.B. Hoctor
ISBN : 1616004606
Genre : Airplanes, Military
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Former USAF pilot Christopher Hoctor examines the history and safety record of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

Boeing Aircraft

Author : Source: Wikipedia
ISBN : 1152003976
Genre : Transportation
File Size : 59. 32 MB
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 393. Chapters: Boeing 767, Boeing 747, Boeing RC-135, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, Enola Gay, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Boeing AH-64 Apache, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, Boeing 707, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS, Boeing OC-135B Open Skies, Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, Boeing E-3 Sentry, Boeing 727, Boeing 777, Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight, Boeing 737, Air Force One, Boeing 717, Boeing 757, Boeing YAL-1, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 247, Boeing X-45, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Boeing B-47 Stratojet, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Boeing 747-8, McDonnell Douglas MD-11, North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco, List of surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses, Boeing Chinook, Boeing 737 Next Generation, List of Boeing 737 operators, Boeing 747-400, Boeing B-50 Superfortress, List of surviving B-29 Superfortresses, Boeing 737 Classic, Boeing X-37, Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Boeing E-4, Boeing 314, Boeing VC-25, Boeing 747SP, B-29 Superfortress variants, Boeing 2707, Boeing A160 Hummingbird, Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter, Boeing KC-767, Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker, Boeing 377, Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar, List of surviving Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter, Boeing P-26 Peashooter, Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche, Boeing 307, Boeing 367-80, Boeing KC-46, Boeing X-48, Boeing Skyfox, Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle, Bockscar, Boeing YB-40 Flying Fortress, Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, Boeing X-51, Boeing 737 AEW&C, List of Boeing 787 orders, Boeing X-32, Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix, Boeing-Stearman Model 75, Boeing E-767, Boeing YC-14, Boeing X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing, Boeing C-137 Stratoliner, McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk, Boeing C-40 Clipper, Boeing EC-135, Boeing P-12, Boeing Model 15, Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador, Boein...

International Directory Of Military Aircraft 1996 1997

Author : Motorbooks International
ISBN : 187567120X
Genre : History
File Size : 64. 73 MB
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From the MiG-17 to Eurofighter, from trainers to helicopters, fighters and special mission aircraft, more than 280 individual types are featured in this biennial directory of the world's military aircraft fleet. Sftbd., 8 1/2"x 11", 208 pgs., 300+ color ill.

The Boeing C 135 Series

Author : Don Logan
ISBN : 0764302868
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 51. 40 MB
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Though the C-135 was originally designed over forty years ago as an aerial refueling tanker, (749 of the 820 were built as tankers), more than 600 of all types of C-135s are still flying. Boeing's C-135 series has been the most successful military jet ever built. This book, Don Logan's sixth, tells the story of the Boeing C-135 series including: tankers, reconnaissance, airborne command post, weather, test, and special purpose models. All C-135 aircraft types, along with their operating units are covered. Tables and serial number lists are included listing all C-135 configurations by serial number. Re-engine programs and facts including serial numbers of the C-135s and the identity of the donor aircraft in the airline re-engine program (E-model types). Also included: a listing of all C-135 losses, including date and reason for loss; three views of C-135 major configurations; selected aircraft nose art; and all USAF, ARFES, and Air National Guard unit markings. Don Logan is also the author of Rockwell B-1B: SAC's Last Bomber, The 388th Tactical Fighter Wing; At Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base 1972, Northrop's T-38 Talon, Northrop's YF-17 Cobra, and Republic's A-10 Thunderbolt II. (all available from Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

International Directory Of Civilian Aircraft 1999 2000

Author : Gerard Frawley
ISBN : 1875671420
Genre : Aeronautics, Commercial
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Latest edition of the bestselling biennial features a separate entry for every civil aircraft type currently in service -- nearly 400 in all -- canvas-bodied single-seaters to the 777.

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