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KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft

Country of Origin: USA


The primary mission of the KC-135 Stratotanker is air-to-air refueling, though some have been adapted for other roles. The practice greatly enhances the strategic reach of combat aircraft.

The KC-135 has a conventional planform with low, swept wings swept 35 degrees at the leading edge. Along the straight trailing edge are two sections of double-slotted flaps that flank the mid-span flight aileron. The larger, low-speed aileron is outboard of the outer set of flaps. From 1975 to...

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