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KC-135 Boom

KC-135 Boom

A KC-135's boom is lowered and extended for maintenance.

This is a nice picture that shows a closeup of the KC-135’s boom. In this picture the boom is not fully extended and still has approximately 6′ before it reaches full extension. The colorful marking on the boom give the receiver crew a visual indication of the extension of the boom. During night operations the markings are illuminated by ultraviolet lamps that causes them to fluoresce.

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Daniel P.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | 2000s, KC-135R | , , | 3 Comments