Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker Tanker Aircraft "Seymour Johnson AFB" United States Air Force "Gemini Macs" Series 1/400 Diecast Model Airplane by GeminiJets

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Description

  • Brand new 1/400 scale diecast airplane model of Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker Tanker Aircraft "Seymour Johnson AFB" United States Air Force "Gemini Macs" Series die cast model by GeminiJets.
  • Detailed exterior.
  • True-to-scale detail.
  • Does NOT include stand.
  • This model does not have any openings.
  • Manufacturer's original unopened packaging.
  • Made of diecast metal with some plastic parts.
  • Dimensions approximately L-4, Wingspan-3.875 inches.
  • Diecast metal and plastic construction for durability and a heavy, realistic feel.
  • HISTORY ASPECTS:
  • Manufactured by GeminiJets as a limited edition, highly collectible model, the Boeing KC-135R has been meticulously recreated from Boeing's blueprints and features realistic landing gear and detailed graphics, assuring the utmost accuracy and superior quality.
  • Originally designated as a replacement for the venerable KC-97 Tanker, the first KC-135 was designed from the Boeing type 367-80. The initial Boeing 367-80 - also known as the Dash 80 - would not only lay the groundwork for the KC-135, but also for the Boeing 707 as well. The KC-135 has seen many iterations over the years, with the first launch order coming from the USAF in 1954. The first KC-135A took to the skies in August 1956 with first deliveries to the USAF having begun in June 1957. All initial KC-135A aircraft were delivered with Pratt & Whitney J-57 Turbo-Jet engines. Although these engines were technologically advanced for their day, they produced lots of smoke, they were very loud, and they burned excessive amounts of fuel. During the 1980's a modernization program entailed replacing the original engines of the KC-135A with Pratt & Whitney JT3D Turbo Fan engines - military designation: TF-33 - derived from retired Boeing 707 airliners. The newly modified jet was designated the KC-135E and rendered the aircraft more reliable with enhanced performance. This update extended the life of the KC-135 well into the next century.
  • The final engine modification arose with the replacement of the TF-33 engines with high bypass CFM-56 engines, which brought the aircraft up to modern days standards. Designated the KC-135R, this revised aircraft has nearly double the power and capability of the original KC-135A. With the KC-135 and its variants having reached 50+ years of service, the sun has begun to set on the KC-135R, with its replacement, the Boeing KC-46 - which is a derivative of the civilian Boeing 767-200 - having first been delivered to the USAF in January 2019. On February 8, 2020, the 916th ARW of Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina said "Goodbye" to its last Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft. The first KC-135R was delivered to the 916th ARW in October 1995 and operated their fleet for nearly 25 years. The 916th ARW began transitioning to the new Boeing KC-46A Tanker with the delivery of their first aircraft in June 2020.

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