The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is one of six military fixed-wing aircraft with over 50 years of continuous service with its original operator. Introduced in 1957, it was the US Air Force’s first jet-powered refueling tanker. The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is still the main air refueling tanker of the U.S. Air Force, and it is designed to keep U.S. fighter, bombers, and logistic aircraft in the air and extend their range.
While fighter jets and strategic bombers get most of the headlines, and rightfully so, the truth is that without this workhorse the story could’ve as well been different. Over the last 50 years, after the end of World War II and Korean War, the U.S. dominance has extended worldwide. In a very big way thanks to Stratotankers, there’s not a single place where our fighter jets and bombers can’t get. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what America the undisputed leader in the world.
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