Published by Ian Allan, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.
Condition: Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper not unpleasant overall but has a 1″ closed tear to the top corner of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Heavy art paper slightly sticky.
No. 27 In the series. Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. Diagrams to the lining papers. From the cover: In its primary role as an air refuelling tanker the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is unique. No other aircraft has performed the same function with so much success. But the KC-135 is more than a tanker: there exist more than 60-plus variants, and only a hint at their diverse roles and missions is provided by the chapter headings of this book Test Ship, Transport, Reconnaissance, Command Post and, of course, Tanker.
The observant reader will have noted that in this list there is no reference to the AWACS aircraft, the E-3 Sentry, and this is because an important myth remains to be dispelled. The KC-135 is not a military version of the Boeing 707, because the genuine airliner flew 18 months later than the military type. Nevertheless, despite this significant point, author Bob Dorr has included all military versions of the airliner in his study, and thus the story of the Boeing 707-derivative E-3 Sentry too is told.
Since the roll-out of KC-135A 55-3118 in 1956, 820 Stratotankers have been manufactured, including 12 for Frances Armee de IAir. Strategic Air Command used four KC-135As in 1964 to support the combat effort in South-East Asia for the first time, and by 1972 transport and reconnaissance variants too had been active in the theatre. Even today, at over 30 years of age, the KC-135 is but in the middle of an illustrious career.