The Maine Air National Guard, also known as the "MAINEiacs," are providing KC-135 Stratotanker at our air show this year. They were around last year and have decided to stop by again. We're glad and appreciative to host these fine gentlemen again.
Serving with the United States Air Force since 1957, it is one of just six military fixed wing aircraft with over 50 years of continuous service with its original operator. Studies conclude many of these aircraft could be flown until 2040, with ages reaching 80 years before reaching lifetime flying hour limits.
This thing is also a large piece of machinery.
Take a 707 Jumbo Jet and turn it into a flying fuel truck with a "hose with wings" sticking out the back. In operation since 1957, the KC-135 Stratotanker is used primarily to re-fuel aircraft during flight. Modified KC-135s, however, serve as flying command posts, pure transport, electronic reconnaissance, and photo mapping craft.
We'll have some stairs available for the crowds to see inside of this tanker and walk around.
Don't miss the tour on this one. Tickets are on sale now.
Sounds of Freedom II