Five 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotankers head down a taxiway at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., March 9, 2014. During the 434th ARW's March unit training assembly, the unit held a strategic warfare exercise, executing various response, mobility, and command and control procedures in response to a simulated global threat, which culminated in 10 Stratotankers taking off in two five-ship formations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner)
The Boeing is the most effective American spyplane you've never heard of. It's the John Paul Jones to the Robert Plant—a quiet workhorse that has flown over countless US missions while providing vital, real-time signals intelligence.
https://flic.kr/p/qXaQeL | Boeing RC-135 | The Boeing RC-135 is a family of large reconnaissance aircraft built by Boeing and used by the United States Air Force to support theater and national level intelligence consumers with near real-time on-scene collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. Based on the C-135 Stratolifter airframe, various types of RC-135s have been in service since 1961. The United Kingdom is buying three KC-135R aircraft for conversion to RC-135W Rivet Joint…
The United States Air Force has had a strong presence in Japan since the service's founding. Today, USAF operations are centralized among three major air bases in that country: Misawa Air Base in the northern Japan, Yokota Air Base in central Japan, and the sprawling Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.
Air Force Stratotanker crew refuels a U. Air Force Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft near Okinawa, Japan, Dec. The is assigned to the Air Refueling Squadron. The is assigned to the Intelligence Squadron.