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How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

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How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by slogen51 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:30 pm

Just a bit of fun for number crunchers

58-0059 at Mildenhall today was my 676th different operational USAF C-135 ( not including DM - I have nothing against DM but I have not entered those sightings into my records yet!!) and obviously many earlier sightings are now in DM.

I know there must be many spotters who have seen many more if not all of them.

Also has every USAF C-135 been noted in Mildenhall?

I now require 11 operational C-135s including TC-135 62-4133

Edit : Boom! 58-0063 at Mildenhall today 17 March was my 677th , 10 operational tankers to go
Edit 57-1436 Mildenhall 10-June-2018 number 678. 9 flyers to go.
Edit 63-7996 Mildenhall 25- August 2018 : 679 8 flyers to go.
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by SCARECROW » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:51 pm

Approx 635 seen without visiting the USA, Working in ATC at RAF Honington helped as did living in Lakenheath village for 4 years !!
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by slogen51 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:56 pm

Awesome

It reinforces just how massive the USAF is - 600+ tankers alone

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by Evergreen 44 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:08 pm

Agreed, massive fleet to see.
Checked this link earlier to see how many 'C135 frames are in storage :
http://www.amarcexperience.com/ui/index.php

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by Al dunn » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:15 pm

I need to see only about 30 which are listed in MAM 2017, Without checking through all my databases

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by Coasties » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:57 pm

Still need six active USAF jets all except 24133 being ANG/AFRC machines, oh and one French AF 135.

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by Nighthawke » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:04 pm

Slight lightweight here! Only seen 607 and need 26 active USAF. Never been Stateside so no issue there.

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by plmc135 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:22 pm

Do not need any active duty one's. The only extant airframe I still need is 61-0262 which is unfortunately in the museum at Ellsworth. If my maths are correct from my logs I have seen 760.

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by ArabJazzie » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:40 pm

From someone who doesnt live near Mildenhall and has not had the chance to visit America for an aviation fix, i would like to chip in with 298 of all sorts including other users. Makes it a bit more gutting that i didnt take a trip to Prestwick recently where i must have needed all but a couple that visited over a couple of days! Should have had the 300 with that!
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by Graham » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:24 pm

Old geordie spotter here got his last active one in December but still need 1 RC135S

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by slogen51 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:50 am

plmc135 wrote:Do not need any active duty one's. The only extant airframe I still need is 61-0262 which is unfortunately in the museum at Ellsworth. If my maths are correct from my logs I have seen 760.

Wow that's impressive. I don't mind needing a few as it keeps me interested in Mildenhall

In my limited experience you don't tend to see that many tankers in the states as you can get them in Mildenhall one doesn't devote valuable time to tanker bases ? There is so much more over there to worry about!

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by C-Harvey » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:19 am

There is a wide range of interest and experience held by FCers demonstrated by this thread :clap:

At the other end of the scale, I've seen quite a few, no idea of their serial numbers and have sat (on the ground) at the controls of two and have snapped several.

A great thread. :D
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by big john » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:30 am

Don't need any active USAF ones. All seen in the UK or Germany. Used to go to Mildenhall virtually every Sunday in the 70's and early 80's. Stopped going regularly once it cost more than a £1 for every number I used to make! :roll:
Interestingly. My sbs has logged only 485 Hexcodes associated with 135's, that's since 2007. Nothing new has come up for a couple of years now. Which brings up the point, how many are actually still flying?
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by ArabJazzie » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:35 am

big john wrote: Stopped going regularly once it cost more than a £1 for every number I used to make! :roll:

Interestingly. My sbs has logged only 485 Hexcodes associated with 135's, that's since 2007. Nothing new has come up for a couple of years now. Which brings up the point, how many are actually still flying?
Glad im not the only one to use a pound an airframe. I even use it to get the excuse of visiting any field while on holiday! :halo:

Would be interested as well to see what is still active these days, including KC-10s and especially as they will be winding down soon.

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by Ghastly Whisper » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:45 am

hmmm so how about the 4 that are rumoured to exist but dont officially exist? :ninja: not that I belive they exist just something I heard 20+ years ago
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by arch » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:01 am

seen all extanct airframes except 10262 preserved at ellsworth.

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by dragonchaser » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:23 am

I’ve also seen all extant frames except one, 56-3596 NKC135A USN which is in AMARG, I hope to see this in March.
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by slogen51 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:40 am

Great stuff

I need the Ellsworth machine and TWO at the SAC museum Offutt - 10287 and 38049

Plus another EC-135 preserved at Grissom - might as well be on the moon!

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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by plmc135 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:17 am

Sounds like we could organise a coach trip to Ellsworth! Beware the SAC museum is no longer on base at Offutt but up the road in Ashland (about 28 miles away), one of the EC-135's is, according to the museum website, currently undergoing a restoration programme.

And Grissom, been there twice it was easy to see stuff there.
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Re: How many USAF C-135s have you seen?

Post by graham luxton » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:41 am

You boys could have saved yourselves a journey to Ellsworth for 10262 if you were able to go to Mildenhall during late '65 to early '67 - it was based there as an EC-135A with the 7120ACCS but without the white top paintwork.

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