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Boeing RC-135

Multi-Role, Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Aircraft

Boeing RC-135

Multi-Role, Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Boeing RC-135 serves as the basis for a family of reconnaissance aircraft used by the United States Air Force.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1962
MANUFACTURER(S): Boeing Aircraft Company - USA
PRODUCTION: 32
OPERATORS: United Kingdom; United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Boeing RC-135 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 27
LENGTH: 136.48 feet (41.6 meters)
WIDTH: 130.91 feet (39.9 meters)
HEIGHT: 41.67 feet (12.7 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 175,367 pounds (79,545 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 321,875 pounds (146,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 4 x CFM International F-108-CF-201 turbofan engines developing 22,000lb thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 581 miles-per-hour (935 kilometers-per-hour; 505 knots)
RANGE: 3,449 miles (5,550 kilometers; 2,997 nautical miles)
CEILING: 49,869 feet (15,200 meters; 9.44 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 4,900 feet-per-minute (1,494 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



Mission-specific equipment as related to reconnaissance.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• KC-135 - Base Series Designation
• Model 739 - Boeing Model
• KC-135A - Base reconnaissance model
• KC-135R ("Rivet Stand"/"Rivet Quick")
• KC-135T "Cobra Jaw"
• RC-135A
• RC-135B
• RC-135C "Big Team"
• RC-135D ("Office Boy"/"Rivet Brass")
• RC-135E ("Rivet Ann"/"Rivet Amber")
• RC-135M "Rivet Card"
• RC-135S ("Nancy Rae"/"Wanda Belle"/"Rivet Ball")
• RC-135S "Cobra Ball"
• RC-135T "Rivet Dandy"
• RC-135U "Combat Sent"
• RC-135V "Rivet Joint"
• RC-135W "Rivet Joint"
• RC-135W "Rivet Joint" ("Project Airseeker")






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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (581mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Boeing RC-135's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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32

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue