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55-3118 ... 55-3146 (EXACT MATCH)
Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
MSN 17234/17262
3118 (MSN 17234) Named "City of Renton" upon first flight Aug 31, 1956.  Converted to EC-135K airborne command post under
Project "Head Dancer".  Assigned to 8th Tactical Deployment Control Squadron.
Now on display at McConnell AFB, Kansas as gate guard.
3119 (MSN 17235) converted to NKC-135A for ECM tests.  To AMARC as CA067 Jul 6, 1993.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3120 (MSN 17236) converted to NKC-135A.  To AMARC as CA095 Dec 15, 1993.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3121 (MSN 17237) converted to JKC-135A test aircraft.  Then back to to KC-135A.  Converted to KC-135R,
to RC-135R (an unofficial designation), to KC-135T,  then to RC-135T.  Struck mountain
near Valdez, AK in poor weather Feb 25/26, 1985.  3 killed.  Wreckage not located until Aug 2, 1985.
Was never a TC-135S, even though the plane acted as an RC-135T trainer for the Cobra Ball RC-135S fleet.
Project ‘Speed Light’, used for reconnaissance 1961.  Project ‘Rivet Stand’, designated KC-135R (I) 1967, 
Project ‘Garlic Salt’, sub-version of KC-135R (I) ‘Rivet Stand’ .
Project ‘Briar Patch’ - CIA-sponsored sub-version of Rivet Stand, KC-135A / KC-135R (I), modified for 
ELINT missions, 1967/1969 ?  Designated RC-135S, project ‘Cobra Jaws/Busted Jaw/Rivet Jaws’ Mar 1969-May 1971.
Project ‘Rivet Dandy’, designated RC-135T May 1971-Jul 1973 
3122 (MSN 17238) converted to NKC-135A test aircraft.  To AMARC 
as CA094 Oct 19, 1993.  Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3123 (MSN 17239) converted to NKC-135A test aircraft.  Converted to airborne laser Laboratory.
Now on display at WPAFB Museum, OH.
3124 (MSN 17240) converted to JKC-135A test aircraft, then to NKC-135A.  Assigned to NACA High-Speed 
Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, 1957 to 1958.  Used to help establish new approach 
procedure guidelines on cloud-ceiling and visibility minimums for Boeing's first jet airliner, the B-707.
Retired Mar 7, 1991.  Converted to GNKC-135A ground instructional airframe at Sheppard AFB, TX.  
Now on the dump there.
3125 (MSN 17241) converted NKC-135A and then to EC-135Y.  Project ‘Pave Onyx’. Aircraft used to test AN/ALQ-125 
Terec prototype target location system for U-2Cs, Litton, targeting technique for anti-radar standoff 
weapons (defence suppression).  To AMARC as CA0126 Feb 4, 1999.  Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008.
3126 (MSN 17242) converted to VC-135A.  Was used as *Speckled Trout* flying avionics testbed. Named after Faye Trout, 
the civilian program monitor at the Lab,  mid-1960s to 1974.  Set Buenos Aires to Washington speed record of 11 
hours 5 minutes with General Curtis LeMay at the controls Nov 13, 1957.  To MASDC as 
CA004 July 31, 1975.  Cut up for scrap and nose used as an a/c simulator.
3127 (MSN 17243) converted to JKC-135A test aircraft.  Converted
to NKC-135A.  To AMARC as CA040 Aug 31, 1992.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3128 (MSN 17244) converted to NKC-135A.  To AMARC as CA0106 May 20, 1996.	
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3129 (MSN 17245) converted to NKC-135A test aircraft and then 
to NKC-135E and then to NKC-135E, Assigned to 4950th Test Wing, Aeronautical Systems Division
Assigned to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, 1979 to 1980
A special wingtip "winglet", developed by the Langley Research Center, was tested on the aircraft.
This plane was used by Mercury astronauts for zero-G training.  
Returned to 4950th Test Wing, Aeronautical Systems Division and then converted to EC-135P.  
Named "Drogue Dragon" with 6th ACCS in June 1988.  To AMARC as CA008
Jan 31, 1992.  Seen at Pima Jan 1999.   Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3130 (MSN 17246) named "Ole Grandad" with 7th BW.  On display at March Field Museum, California, still wearing this artwork
3131 (MSN 17247) converted to NKC-135A for ionosphere research.  To AMARC as CA053 Oct 19, 1992.  
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3132 (MSN 17248) converted to NKC-135A, then to NKC-135E.  (412th TW/452nd FTS/Det 2) "Big Crow I"
surrogate ballistic missile for YAL-1A. ‘Big Crow’ - Airborne Electronic Warfare Laboratory, used for ECM 
testing, 1973+.  Delivered to AMARC by Nov 2008 as CA0224.
3133 (MSN 17249) converted to RC-135S.  Crashed while landing at Wake Island Sept 24, 1968 when
shutdown after inflight engine failure and landing gear hit the sea wall at
the end of the runway.  11 of 52 onboard killed.  All the passengers killed were in the tail.
3134 (MSN 17250) converted to JKC-135A test aircraft and then to NKC-135A. participated in "Starfish" nuclear 
tests, 1962.  Transferred to US Navy but retained USAF serial number.  'King Crow I’ designated 
NKC-135A airborne electronic threat simulator, USN, 1975+.  Used to train Navy
airborne and shipborne crews to operate in a realistic electronic warfare environment  
To AMARC as 6G0002 Feb 20, 1996.
3135 (MSN 17251) converted to JKC-135A, fitted with 50 small
windows for nuclear readiness testing. then cnoverted to NKC-135A as instrumented tanker
to provide data on new aircraft or syustems, and then to NKC-135E.  Retired Sept 2004,
allegedly the second oldest aircraft then serving with USAF (49 years
of use).  To AMARC Sep 28, 2004 as CA0144.  Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3136 (MSN 17252) converted to JKC-135A.  To AMARC as CA062 Apr 28, 1993.  Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3137 (MSN 17253) named "Steamin n Screaming" Sep 1992 with 917th ARS.  To AMARC as CA070 Jul 14, 1993.  
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3138 (MSN 17254) crashed at U-Tapao RTNAB, Thailand Oct 2, 1968 due to
asymmetric thrust during takeoff.
3139 (MSN 17255) named "Grey Lady"  with 17th BW in 1971.  On display at Castle AFB Museum, California with 
nose art 'City of Atwater'.
3140 (MSN 17256) w/o Apr 19, 1967 at Wake Island due to explosion during 
servicing of the landing gear.
3141 (MSN 17257) converted to KC-135E.  To AMARC as CA0135 Mar 17, 2004.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3142 (MSN 17258) named "Young Tiger" with 7th BW Sep 1992.  To AMARC as CA104 Jul 12, 1994.
3143 (MSN 17259) converted to KC-135E.  To AMARC as CA0137 Mar 7, 2004.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
3144 (MSN 17260) crashed on approach to Hanscom Field, MA Aug 8, 1962.  3 killed.  Is
reportedly to have been the tanker featured in the title credits of "Dr Strangelove".  
3145 (MSN 17261) converted to KC-135E. Named "City of Columbus" with 154th ARS, Ohio ANG.  
To AMARC as CA0197 May 29, 2008.  It was the oldest KC-135E still serving.
3146 (MSN 17262) converted to KC-135E.  Named "City of Columbus" with 145th ARS, Ohio ANG in Jul 1987 and
later as "Somerset County" with 141st ARS, New Jersey ANG.  To AMARC as CA0163 Jun 6, 2007.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008

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