Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

Air-to-Air Tanker

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a four-engined air-to-air tanker and cargo aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Boeing Company.
The KC-135 was basically powered by Pratt & Whitney J57-P-59W turbojet engines (61,2 kN / 13750 lbf). The maximum fuel load of the variant KC-135R is 90.719 kg / 200.000 lb. The maximum cargo payload is 37.648 kg / 83.000 lb.
Crew3-4
Passengers37
Propulsion4 Turbofan Engines
Engine ModelCFM Intl. F108-CF-100
Engine Power (each)98,9 kN22224 lbf
alternative Engine Variant
Propulsion4 Turbojet Engines
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney J57-P-59W
Engine Power (each)61,2 kN13750 lbf
max. Cruise Speed854 km/h461 kts
  531 mph
max. Speed (vne)967 km/h522 kts
  601 mph
Mmo (max. Mach)Mach 0.8
Service Ceiling15.240 m50.000 ft
Rate of climb1494 m/min4900 ft/min
Range2.419 km1.306 NM
1.503 mi.
Empty Weight54.130 kg119.336 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight146.284 kg322.500 lbs
Wing Span39,88 m130 ft 10 in
Wing Area226,0 m2433 ft
Length41,53 m136 ft 3 in
Height12,69 m41 ft 8 in
First Flight31.08.1956
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1956-1965
Total Production820
ICAO CodeB703 C135 K35A K35E K35R
Data for (Version)Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker
VariantsKC-135A, KC-135B, KC-135D, KC-135E, KC-135Q, KC-135R, KC-135RT, KC-135T

[Photo-ID: 10919] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Boeing EC-135J Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 63-8057, c/n 18705, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
EC-135J Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 63-8057
c/n: 18705
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 10920] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Boeing EC-135J Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 63-8057, c/n 18705, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
EC-135J Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 63-8057
c/n: 18705
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11366] Karsten Palt 2015-06-01
Boeing EC-135K Stratolifter, United States Air Force (USAF), 59-1518, c/n 18006, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
EC-135K Stratolifter
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 59-1518
c/n: 18006
 
retired 2003
AMARG - Boneyard [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 10925] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Boeing KC-135A, NASA, N931NA, c/n 18615, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
KC-135A
NASA
Reg.: N931NA
c/n: 18615
 
ex 63-7998
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 10926] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Boeing KC-135A, NASA, N931NA, c/n 18615, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
KC-135A
NASA
Reg.: N931NA
c/n: 18615
 
ex 63-7998
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11265] Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 55-3130, c/n 17246, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
KC-135A Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 55-3130
c/n: 17246
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11266] Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 55-3130, c/n 17246, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
KC-135A Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 55-3130
c/n: 17246
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 13203] Karsten Palt 2016-10-10
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 55-3139, c/n 17255, Karsten Palt, 2016Boeing
KC-135A Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 55-3139
c/n: 17255
 
Castle Air Museum [Atwater, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11367] Karsten Palt 2015-06-01
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 57-1450, c/n 17521, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
KC-135E Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 57-1450
c/n: 17521
 
retired 2008
AMARG - Boneyard [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 10067] Karsten Palt 2014-05-30
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 57-1507, c/n 17578, Karsten Palt, 2014Boeing
KC-135E Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 57-1507
c/n: 17578
 
Air Mobility Command Museum [Dover AFB, DE]
[Photo-ID: 10066] Karsten Palt 2014-05-30
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 57-1507, c/n 17578, Karsten Palt, 2014Boeing
KC-135E Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 57-1507
c/n: 17578
 
Air Mobility Command Museum [Dover AFB, DE]
[Photo-ID: 11368] Karsten Palt 2015-06-01
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 59-1496, c/n 17984, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
KC-135E Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 59-1496
c/n: 17984
 
retired 2007
AMARG - Boneyard [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11369] Karsten Palt 2015-06-01
Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-0268, c/n 18175, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
KC-135E Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-0268
c/n: 18175
 
retired 2008
AMARG - Boneyard [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 2305] Karsten Palt 2009-06-19
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 58-0036, c/n 17781, Karsten Palt, 2009Boeing
KC-135R Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 58-0036
c/n: 17781
 
Luchtmachtdagen 2009 [Volkel (EHVK / UDE)]
[Photo-ID: 11969] Karsten Palt 2001-07-27
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148), United States Air Force (USAF), 57-2603, c/n 17739, Karsten Palt, 2001Boeing
KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148)
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 57-2603
c/n: 17739
 
Royal International Air Tattoo 2001 [Royal Air Force Station Cottesmore (EGXJ)]
[Photo-ID: 12782] Karsten Palt 2016-07-09
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148), United States Air Force (USAF), 58-0100, c/n 17845/T0315, Karsten Palt, 2016Boeing
KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148)
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 58-0100
c/n: 17845/T0315
 
Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 [RAF Fairford (EGVA / FFD)]
[Photo-ID: 11968] Karsten Palt 2001-07-27
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148), United States Air Force (USAF), 63-8879, c/n 18727, Karsten Palt, 2001Boeing
KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148)
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 63-8879
c/n: 18727
 
Royal International Air Tattoo 2001 [Royal Air Force Station Cottesmore (EGXJ)]
[Photo-ID: 11370] Karsten Palt 2015-06-01
Boeing NKC-135E Stratotanker, United States Air Force (USAF), 55-3132, c/n 17248, Karsten Palt, 2015Boeing
NKC-135E Stratotanker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 55-3132
c/n: 17248
 
retired 2008
AMARG - Boneyard [Tucson, AZ]