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ID 58436 Views: 129
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USA - Air Force
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Oscoda - Oscoda-Wurtsmith (OSC/KOSC)
USA - Michigan, - -, 1982
E. Jones
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63-8039 (cn 18656) Another one from my archives. This was the result of a hydraulic system failure of a USAF Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker during an exercise Elephant Walk on a sunny afternoon at Wurtsmith AFB, MI, in 1982. This was the first KC-135 behind a line of B-52 Stratofortress’s, which took part in the simulated launch. As the aircraft attempted to brake at it approached the B-52, the Pilot realized he had no brakes. His split-second decision to steer the aircraft off of the runway saved many lives. Elephant Walks date back to WWI and were a regular occurrence at SAC bases back in the day. Once all of the fuel, approx. 31,000 gallons, was offloaded, two bulldozers were used to pull the aircraft back on the runway. I believe this aircraft is still in service today.

ID 58435 Views: 121
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Airline / Aircraft Type Location and Date Photographer
USA - Air Force
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Oscoda - Oscoda-Wurtsmith (OSC/KOSC)
USA - Michigan, - -, 1982
E. Jones
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63-8039 (cn 18656) Another one from my archives. This was the result of a hydraulic system failure of a USAF Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker during an exercise Elephant Walk on a sunny afternoon at Wurtsmith AFB, MI, in 1982. This was the first KC-135 behind a line of B-52 Stratofortress’s, which took part in the simulated launch. As the aircraft attempted to brake at it approached the B-52, the Pilot realized he had no brakes. His split-second decision to steer the aircraft off of the runway saved many lives. Elephant Walks date back to WWI and were a regular occurrence at USAF bases back in the day.

ID 47633 Views: 87
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Airline / Aircraft Type Location and Date Photographer
USA - Air Force
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Tucson - Davis–Monthan AFB (DMA/KDMA)
USA - Arizona, March 25, 2014
Cole Goldberg
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57-2596 (cn 17732)

ID 46018 Views: 178
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Airline / Aircraft Type Location and Date Photographer
NASA
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Tucson - Pima Air & Space Museum (None)
USA - Arizona, March 24, 2014
Cole Goldberg
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N931NA / 63-7998 (cn 18615)

ID 44082 Views: 92
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Airline / Aircraft Type Location and Date Photographer
USA - Air Force
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Aalborg - Aalborg Airport (AAL/EKYT)
Denmark, June 27, 1989
Erik Frikke
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57-1768 (cn 17539)

ID 28163 Views: 322
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Airline / Aircraft Type Location and Date Photographer
USA - Air Force
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Birmingham - International (BHM/KBHM)
USA - Alabama, May 7, 2011
N960DL
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57-1469 (cn 17540) United States Air Force KC-135 57-1469 is seen at BHM May 7, 2011.

ID 22148 Views: 444
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Airline / Aircraft Type Location and Date Photographer
NASA
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Cleveland - Hopkins International (CLE/KCLE)
USA - Ohio, September 13, 2001
Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.
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N931NA / 63-7998 (cn 18615) This was the first and only aircraft I saw fly for days in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Taken on September 13th from the Hopkins employee parking lot, this aircraft now resides on permanent display at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson.

ID 17940 Views: 286
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Airline / Aircraft Type Location and Date Photographer
NASA
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Cleveland - Hopkins International (CLE/KCLE)
USA - Ohio, - -, 2000
Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.
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N931NA (cn 18615) Once a regular sight at Hopkins, NASA's "Vomit Comet" exits the runway after another trip out over the lake. This aircraft now is stored at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson Arizona.

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