C-135 Variants - Part
by Jennings Heilig
C-135C, 61-2668, Det.
1, 89th Military Airlift Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, circa 1986
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Here are two colour profiles of C-135 variants prepared in
The title artwork is C-135C, 61-2668, Det. 1, 89th Military
Airlift Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, circa 1986. This was (still is I
think) the CINCPACAF support aircraft, and is probably one of the
prettiest C-135s ever.
The image below is RC-135S Rivet Ball, 59-1491, Det. 1, 6th
Strategic Wing, Shemya AFS, Alaska, circa 1968. This was the
original RC-135 TELINT collection platform. She hydroplaned off the
runway at Shemya (and into the pumpkin patch at the bottom of the
bluff - earning her the ignominious nickname "the iron pumpkin") in
January of 1969. A very unique one-off airplane with a very serious
Cold War mission. The "Ball" got the first hard evidence of a
successful Soviet MIRV warhead test in 1968.
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08 September, 2002
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