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SR-71 Refueling from KC-135 Stratotanker
SR-71 Refueling from KC-135 Stratotanker

This image was taken in 1984 with pilot Les Dyer at the controls of the sleek Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird. The KC-135Q was a specially modified version of the KC-135 that could separate its body tank fuel from the wing tank fuel so that it could carry the JP-7 fuel that the SR-71 required. Reengined KC-135Qs were redesignated KC-135T.

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Les Dryer

December 12, 2010 - Posted by | 1980s, KC-135A, SR-71

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  1. I have always been an avid admirer of the Blackbird SR 71. I remember back in 1985-1986 the roar of those engines when fired up at RAF Mildenhall, England. Indeed I met Les Dyer who piloted this SR71 pictured here as well as other pilots who flew out of Mildenhall on their secret missions..What a wonderful craft and how sad to see the Blackbird had to finally retire..Long may she live even though she is now longer in service. Thank you very much indeed…
    Janet ZZ Laszlo-Santa,
    Scottsdale, AZ, USA

    Film maker 🙂

    Comment by Jan ZZ Laszlo | May 18, 2011 | Reply

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