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BOEING RC-135

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R135
Aircraft
Name RC-135
Manufacturer BOEING
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Heavy
APC D
Type code L4J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4


Manufacturered as:

BOEING RC-135


BOEING RC-135

BOEING RC-135 BOEING RC-135 3D

Description

Special missions aircraft. Special missions adaptions based on the C-135 airframe. Originally developed as EC-135 command post for the B-52 nuclear bomber fleet. RC-135U, RC-135V Rivet Joint and RC-135W signals intelligence variants with automatic ELINT emitter locator system. RC-135V and RC-135W with nose featuring further sensor. TC-135W crew trainig version. RC-135S Cobra Ball for balistic missile launch detection. The US Air Force is re-engining its RC-135s with CFM engines.

Technical Data

Wing span 39.9 m130.906 ft
Length 41.5 m136.155 ft
Height 12.7 m41.667 ft
Powerplant 4 x 80.1 kN P&W TF33-P9 or 4 x 106.8 kN CFM 56-2A2/3 turbofans.
Engine model CFM International CFM56, Pratt & Whitney TF33

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 486 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC 3000 ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 136000136,000 kg
136 tonnes
kg
Ceiling FL410 ROD ft/min APC D
WTC H Range 49004,900 nm
9,074,800 m
9,074.8 km
29,772,965.901 ft
NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving R135

None on SKYbrary