Boeing EC-135C 'Stratolifter'

Notes: Improved C-135B with different engines and electronics for airborne command post and communication relay capability. Formerly KC-135B.
  Base model:C-135
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Special electronic installation

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Examples of this type may be found at
Strategic Air Command MuseumAshlandNebraska


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 leroy f slater
 cebu city, OTH
You all kinda took me wronge, I did my job the best that I could, I trained my people at Hickom AFB Hi. to be able to answer the phone AND make it happen. on multiple in shop repairs. It was hard with 7 E-6\\\'s working for me that only wanted to get in their 20, only doing what they where told, acting like they should be able to set and talk till 4:30. In 1980 the crew on alert was setting outside the alert facility, along side their aircraft, the klaxton whent off, they almost immediately got on the J mosel, got the engines running, and no recall yet. The alert aircraft cold use the old runway, not just the long runway on reclaimed ocean. The tower had all the civialian planes take to the grass. And the alert aircraft, still with out a recall, took off, was at the 12 mile out location in the 10 minutes needed. At a few hundred feet. During the climb out, then they got the recall. I liked the electronics, not the military part. I just had this big problem of being told what to do by young males that used daddies money to go to college become an officer. I have come to realize that the anti-aircraft @ SAM sites, the Russians built along side: schools, hospitals @ churches had non-combatant women @ children using those places, A sam is like a German V-2, when it blows on the ground it is a big bang, maybe in my 185 combatr missions I did a big part in the body count of non-combatants in downtown hanio higher then in the jungles of the south. We got the decent @ weapons release communications to the fighter-bombers, @ it got to be a big problem not to turn our arcraft (another story about invading a nuetral country, @ haveing thier MIG\\\'s that came up to look us 50 miles inland, shoot out of the sky by F-4\\\'s that was so much fun come paired to PACCS in the 50 states. I don\\\'t get my hair cut any more, dont care much about government\\\'s, authority, or listening to other males. I am geting better, but still only talk to girls, about drugs @ sex.
11/14/2014 @ 05:49 [ref: 68761]
 Jim Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
A picture and a nice writeup on 63-8049 may be seen at www.sasmuseum.com/aircraft/ec-135-looking-glass/
03/01/2014 @ 07:38 [ref: 68380]
 Dave Newell
 La Vista, NE
For you former 2ACCS readers, greetings. I recall many hours sitting in 049 randomly boring holes in the sky fulfilling one of the only continental US operational missions during the 70's and early 80's. Great airplane which is now preserved for memory sake at the Aerospace museum in Ashland, NE. So, Don Eye, Fox Censullo, Steve Chun, Chief Collier, and all others I flew with, I wish you well.
11/21/2011 @ 18:13 [ref: 50413]
 Gary Koval
 , IL
Just visited the SAC museum to find 049 in the rear parking lot behind the museum. The fuselage is sitting on the gear with both wings and engines removed. The wings and engines are laying on the ground with the 4 engines. It was a sad sight; it is my hope that the only EC-135C outside of the bone yard gates will be refurbished in the near future to recapture its former place in history.
09/14/2010 @ 11:44 [ref: 30122]
 Scott Mann
 Greensboro, NC
I was on the glass that lost hydraulics and had to divert to Ellsworth. Wasn't Harley Hughs the General on that mission? Wow, that was a LONG time ago....
05/01/2010 @ 06:51 [ref: 26115]
 Michael Allan
 Madison, WI
For Slater;
He's right you know. We did our jobs with courage and professionalism. We made the world a better place; the Berlin Wall fell right after I got out and I was stoked! We did that! We broke their backs and their will to fight because we were KINGS! Our kids will never have to fly and fight like we did God willing. Live their young lives on alert waiting for some nutsack to flip his lid. Stand up man look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you did an awesome job. Just ask Gorbachev.
01/07/2009 @ 17:28 [ref: 23435]
 Rick Taylor, MSGT USAF Ret.
 Houghton Lake, MI
I 'crew chiefed' the A, C, G and L models at various times in my career, all at Ellsworth. My last Crew Chief stint was on EC-135C 63-8053. That was 1975-76.

Anyway, the reason for the post is that the picture of 62-3579 is a bit misplaced. That aircraft was a "G" model 'Northern Tier PACCS' bird not a 'Looking Glass'. I worked on her at Ellsworth in the early 1960's and in the middle seventies.

The Glass's are all throttes at full power, nose up and TWA at full trail - Heaven Bound.
11/22/2008 @ 11:40 [ref: 23125]
 Tim Smith
 NAS Patuxent River, MD
Good to see there is some communication still going on with the PACCS guys. I guess I couldn't stay away from the mission. Working with the E-6B program now, for at least the next few years. Hope all is well with everyone. Take care, Tim
09/15/2008 @ 04:31 [ref: 22684]
 J. R.
 , KY
Hey Slater, put it into perspective! We haven't had to use fallout shelters for 40 years or more! It's because of the job we all did that all of us are here today. Look at the big picture. Because we were there doing what we were trained to do no one got hurt or died. A threat not carried out is always better than one that is. The world knows we are the best equipped and the best trained. Now get a grip! If you don't we're going to be hearing about you on the news and not in a good way. I really hope you get a handle on this. If anyone else reads this please put your 2 cents in and help one of our own. Because that's what we do, too.
08/07/2008 @ 06:01 [ref: 22370]
 PJ Wentzler
Jimmy- Excellent story! I suppose I could muster one more. I was working mids at GUS. Thursday morning the PRI came up at OFF and all we had to do was fly home. When they lit #1 a long orange flame came out of it. Rusty Holland came on the PA and told us this was not an exercise, "Evacuate the aircraft". So we were not going anywhere. I went back to Stalag 13 and went to sleep. Around 4PM Tommy Burrell came sneaking into my room whispering something about beer. Tommy has a much better memory than I do so we'll have to ask him. Bottom line was we were dead in the water and Team 1 said drink! That was the night Bud Pridemore and I put all those empty cans of Sardines above the drop ceiling on the first floor hallway. The next day we woke up and everyone was hungover and empty cases of beer were all over. It looked like an alley in Harlem. Then we found out the PRI broke and we had to go gen up our plane. I remember being Tech 2 and the 55 SRW CC was in Tech Control. I asked him if he could tell I was acknowledging Interphone tests with operators. He said how could i tell? I said, "they only count to 3". We all laughed.
07/10/2008 @ 17:02 [ref: 21818]


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