American Air Tanker Joins Scampton Flying!
Published: 10 Sep 2017
Reinforcing the international flavour of the first 21st century Scampton airshow, the United States Air Force joined in the flying display with flypasts by a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker on detachment from Geilenkirchen Air Base in Germany. The KC-135 is the US Air Force's primary air refuelling platform.
Although KC-135s are based in the UK with the 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, today's aircraft came from the 157th ARW, New Hampshire Air National Guard based at Pease Air Force Base which is deployed to Germany for a two-week detachment on Operation Atlantic Resolve, bolstering NATO efforts in Central Europe.
The KC-135 has been in service with the US Air Force since 1957 and is set to be replaced by Boeing's new KC-46 tanker over the next decade. Developed at the same time as the Boeing 707, it shares many design features but has a smaller fuselage.