Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Boeing's 367-80 prototype jet transport, first introduced in May 1954, became the basis for the KC-135. On September 1, 1954, Strategic Air Command ordered the first 29 of its future 732-plane fleet - almost one KC-135 for each B-52 bomber. First accepted in 1957, the last KC-135 was delivered in 1965. Starting in 1981, approximately 157 Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard KC-135A models had their J-57 water-injected turbojet engines replaced with refurbished TF-33 engines. Redesignated as the KC-135E, the 14% more fuel efficient engines allowed the offload of more fuel, and the thrust reversers shortened required landing rollout. About the same time, a different upgrade program replaced the engines on approximately 415 KC-135-A models with new CFM-56 turbofan engines, a modification that increased fuel efficiency by 25% while reducing noise by 96%. First flown in 1982, the newly designated KC-135R was accepted into the Air Force inventory in 1984. In addition to air refueling, aeromedical evacuation, and traditional airlift, some thirty specialized variants flew missions ranging from flying command post, to reconnaissance and signal
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 38° 32.975′ N, 89° 52.049′ W. Marker is in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker can be reached from Seibert Road 0.7 miles east of Air Mobility Drive (Illinois Route 158). Marker is located at Scott Field Heritage Air Park, near the west entrance of Scott Air Force Base. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 763 Seibert Rd, Scott Air Force Base IL 62225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. C-21A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-140A JetstarC-130E Hercules (within shouting distance of this marker); C-141B Starlifter (within shouting distance of this marker); C-9A Nightingale (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 123 E First Street (approx. 3.7 miles away); 119 E First Street (approx. 3.7 miles away); 220 E State Street (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scott Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. KC-135 Stratotanker. Scott AFB's website.
This contains more facts and pictures of the aircraft. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.