Aircraft tail number 12671 (serial number 61-2671), on display in the Tinker Heritage Airpark, represents the many versions of the –135 aircraft family maintained and managed by Tinker Air Force Base employees. From reconnaissance to airlift to the U.S. Strategic Air Command’s flying command post, the C-135 has the versatility needed for an ever-adapting Air Force. The C-135 Stratolifter was the first strategic jet transport purchased by the Air Force as a long-range cargo aircraft. The first C-135 was delivered to the Military Air Transport Service in 1961, five years after the KC-135 Stratotanker made its first flight for the Air Force and two years after Tinker’s work force began its support of the -135 fleet. Boeing Aircraft built 820 –135s of which 732 were tankers. Only 15 were C-135Bs, the original series of aircraft 61-2671.
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