Leicester, England: Midland Publishing Limited, 1997. Limited Edition. No. 48 of 135 copies. Signed on Aerofax presentation bookplate on front endpaper by Robert S. Hopkins III and General John T. Chain, Jr., former Commander-in-Chief Strategic Air Command. Quarto; VG+/no-DJ; Black spine with silver text; Pictorial black boards are clean, corners sharp, endpapers clean, binding tight; Textblock unmarked. pp 224. ISBN: 1857800699 From Preface: "As a former Commander in Chief of Strategic Air Command, l appreciate a good book about a warplane that has been vital to SAC's mission for over 30 years. On 28th June 1957, SAC took delivery of its first KC-135 all-jet tanker. On 12th January 1965, the last KC-135 was delivered, giving SAC a total of 641 , the largest tanker fleet in the world. This book is about that warplane. The Boeing KC-135 and its variants have been workhorses of the jet age. Over the years our KC-135 tankers have amassed in excess of 4.5 million hours of flying time. They undertook continuous support of operations in Vietnam from June 1964 to August 1973, flying 195,000 sorties, providing over 800,000 aerial refuelings, and transferring a total of nine billion pounds of fuel. As many as 172 KC-135s were committed to operations in Southeast Asia. The KC-135 is still going strong. With ongoing modernization programs such as re-engining with quiet, fuel efficient, and powerful engines, airframe reskinning, and new fuel management systems, the KC-135 will be flying well into the 21st century. This book is also about the concept of aerial refueling - the mating and transfer of fuel between two aircraft, in flight, and at all altitudes. The concept had a 'daredevil' beginning in 1921, when an American, with a five gallon can of aviation gasoline strapped to his back, climbed from the wing of one biplane to the wing of another and poured the gasoline into the fuel tank. But it was the KC-135 with its speed, endurance, and high volume fuel transfer methods which gave our bomber, fighter, reconnaissance, and airlift aircraft their truly global capabilities." [Oversized book. Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates] Shelved in Netdesk office, on shelf above ephemera section. NASS Military. (Inventory #: 14-430-1263826)
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