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2007 Boeing NC-135 Ja NKC-135 are special versions of the Boeing C-135 Stratolifter and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker modified to operate on several different programs.
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The Boeing NC-135 is a modified version of the Boeing C-135 Stratolifter, a military transport aircraft derived from the Boeing 707. The NC-135 is used for various research and development missions, such as testing new sensors, radars, communications systems, and electronic warfare equipment. The NC-135 can also serve as an airborne command post or a flying laboratory for experiments in aerodynamics, propulsion, and flight control.
The NC-135 has a crew of up to 25 people, depending on the mission and the configuration of the aircraft. The aircraft can carry up to 45,000 pounds of payload and has a range of over 4,000 miles. The NC-135 is equipped with four turbofan engines that provide a maximum speed of 580 miles per hour and a service ceiling of 50,000 feet. The NC-135 has a wingspan of 130 feet, a length of 136 feet, and a height of 42 feet.
The NC-135 was first flown in 1961 and has been in service with the United States Air Force ever since. The NC-135 fleet consists of several variants, such as the EC-135N (electronic combat), the OC-135B (open skies treaty observation), the WC-135W (weather reconnaissance), and the E-8C Joint STARS (surveillance and target acquisition). The NC-135 is also used by NASA for various research projects, such as studying the effects of microgravity on human physiology and testing new technologies for space exploration.