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Boeing RC-135S 'Stratolifter'

Description
Notes: Formerly RC-135 modified to classified reconnaissance capability.
  Manufacturer:Boeing
  Base model:C-135
  Designation:RC-135
  Version:S
  Nickname:Stratolifter
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance

Specifications
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 Ken Gremillion (SSgt)
 , LA
Larry Johns, not Larry Boss. Sorry.
KenG
02/09/2015 @ 14:36 [ref: 68922]
 Ken Gremillion (SSgt)
 , LA
I was also there when 664 crashed. Recall was activated and EVERYONE had to report to duty. There 79-82. I was in comm shop. Also remember Bob Morgan. SSgt Billingsly from the comm shop had arrived on the tanker just prior to the crash which he witnessed. A good friend and co-worker of my wife (Loren Ginter) died on that day. My wife was an Elint Analyst. About 2 wks later I was sent out to recover any sensitive equipment that could be found. I was also detailed to Job Control as avionics controller for a time. Larry Boss was my senior controller. I can remember 1 night when they were having some avionics problem at Shemya, Col T called in to ask me to call check on the status of the problem. The maintainance Officer told me to call back on STU. NP. Called Col T and told him this. He asked me to call again and connect him. He also asked me to stay on the line as a witness. He proceeded to eat this major up one side and down the other. I would have paid good money to witness this.
02/08/2015 @ 18:12 [ref: 68920]
 Dan Vock
 Theresa, NY
Being at Eielson from 77-79 was a life changing experience. Worked A/R shop the whole time. Working on the Ball and support Acft was a highlight in my life.
Hated to hear about #664 crashing on Shemya. Shout out to all my brothers from 6th SAC. We had some wild times up there. Good times, good friends. When I left I said I'd never work on another acft again. Next month I'll have 25 years as a helicopter mechanic. (Crew Chief, Flight Test, Engine Shop). Would love to hear
from the barracks rats Shuster listed. Where is Charlie Ellington?
07/04/2013 @ 08:45 [ref: 67925]
 michael
 , MT
My dad worked on 61-2662 & 63, 64 before she crashed on the rock. right till they moved them to Offutt afb. What amazing aircraft and men who worked on them and the ravens who served and died for the program. God Bless.
05/29/2013 @ 14:16 [ref: 67850]
 michael
 , MT
My dad worked on 61-2662 & 63, 64 before she crashed on the rock. right till they moved them to Offutt afb. What amazing aircraft and men who worked on them and the ravens who served and died for the program. God Bless.
05/29/2013 @ 14:15 [ref: 67849]
 Michael Jolly
 , MS
I worked briefly with Bill Lefebure and most of the others he named. I tend to agree and also include Billy as one of the good men.
07/29/2011 @ 14:13 [ref: 43996]
 Billy Lefebure
 Ely, IA
Worked on thru RC-135s from 1984-1986, Harold Shultz, Sam Judd, Dan Macaerine, Pat Ramirez, Mike Helms, and all good men. Spent many weeks on the rock and a few TDYs in Hawaii.
07/24/2011 @ 11:48 [ref: 43040]
 Mark Spencer
 San Antonio, TX
Great experience 1977-1979, very rewarding team effort. Good mission to be involved with during the time. It gave a real sense of "why we were in the military" and we had a real operative purpose, sometimes hard to find in peace times. Shemya TDY's work and play were wonderful adventures, unique to that place and time. Hey, how about Shemya tree's and foxes! Weren't they something!.. Seriously, the history there with the japanese bunkers, etc. gives perspective, including seeing the Russian "fish trawlers" passing by with sooo many antena's and no fish.
05/31/2011 @ 14:46 [ref: 39090]
 James Stebelton
 Goldsboro, NC
I worked on the Cobra Ball 63-2662 from 1982 to 1985. I was in the Radar shop 6th CAMS at Eielson AFB. Spent many TDY'S at the rock on alert.
12/08/2010 @ 05:47 [ref: 34039]
 Steve Hiott
 waynesville, NC
Out of the numerious aircraft I crewed and worked on during my twenty years in the Air Force, working on the RC-135s models was the highlight of my career. I was the crew Chief on 2664 and watched it crash at Shemys. Later when I heard that 121 had went down two, only added to the loss. On the bright side someone a few months ago sent me some pics of 61-2663 after refurb, she looks good. Hopefully one day when they are replaced by the boeing 767 (not the a-330), the head honchos will put her in a museum. I worked on her many a night and day. Gotta go. If anyone has any pics of 664 or wants to chat, give me a shout. Thanks

Steve Hiott
07/21/2010 @ 16:50 [ref: 28343]

 

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