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KC-135 Stratotanker

The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.
KC-135 Stratotanker Copyright © Staff Sgt Christopher Boitz, U.S. Air Force

Status

In active service

Contractor

Primary contractor: Boeing

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Co-pilot
1 Boom Operator

Capacity

90 718,54 kilograms of transfer fuel load 200 000 pounds of transfer fuel load
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6 pallet positions
37 648,19 kilograms of cargo 83 000 pounds of cargo
37 passengers

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 41.53 meters 136.25 feet
Wingspan: 39.88 meters 130.83 feet
Height: 12.7 meters 41.67 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: ~146 280 kilograms 322 500 pounds
Features
Power plant: four CFM International CFM-56 turbofan engines
Thrust: ~9 813 kilograms (each engine) 21 634 pounds (each engine)
Speed: 460 knots (~850 kilometers (at 30 000 feet - 9 144 meters)) (~530 miles per hour (at 30 000 feet - 9 144 meters))
Range: 1 300 nautical miles (~2 410 kilometers (with 150 000 pounds - 68 040 kilograms of transfer fuel)) (~1 500 miles (with 150 000 pounds - 68 040 kilograms of transfer fuel))
Ferry range: 9 570 nautical miles (~17 720 kilometers) (~11 015 miles)