Aviation Art - Original Oil Painting by Rick Herter - Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker


Aviation Art - Original Oil Painting by Rick Herter - Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

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Aviation Art - Original Oil Painting by Rick Herter - Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker:
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"Working the Field"


by : Rick Herter


It's harvest season! The air is crisp and the days are getting shorter as a farmer combines his soybeans. Suddenly, out of the Western sky, a KC-135 Statotanker appears on final

approach to it's home field in Northern Indiana. This particular tanker to the Air Force Reserves 434th Air Refueling Wing and isworking theairfield as the crew set up the big aircraft for a "touch and go."

The venerable KC-135 Stratotanker entered USAF service in 1957 and for over 60 years has been the backbone of the critical aerial refueling mission.Designed by Boeing, the KC-135 is a cousin of the Boeing 707, which served the commercial airline industry for decades. The KC-135 is similar in appearance to the 707, but has a narrower fuselage and is shorter than the 707.

The first KC-135’s to enter service were delivered to Castle Air Force Base in June of 1957 and eventually over 800 KC-135A’s were produced with the final airplane delivered to the Air Force in 1965.

The original KC-135 “A” model was powered by 4, Pratt and Whitney J-57 engines. Each J-57 developed 10,000 lbs. of thrust. In the 1980’s 150 aircraft, designated “E” models, were refitted with Pratt and Whitney JT3D engines which increased the thrust to 17,000 lbs. per engine and dramatically increased the jet’s mission performance. The final engine modification was to convert 500 tankers to the General Electric CFM56 high-bypass turbofan, which produced 22,000 lbs., of thrust, further increasing the performance and capability of the Stratotanker.This new “R” model has a maximum takeoff weight of 322,500 lbs. and can offload 200,000 lbs. of fuel or approximately 31,000 gallons.

The KC-135 is the unsung hero of the USAF over the last 60 years. Without the Stratotanker and the multiple generations of crews who’ve flown her,it would have been impossible for the USAF to project it’s operational reach worldwide. The KC-135 is not only relevant for today but Air Force life cycle estimates show that some current KC-135’s may serve up to 2040!


Thisoriginal oil painting created by American artist Rick Herter is available for purchase in the specific squadron markings is requested by thepurchaser. Rick will be happy to repaint the aircraft tail and nose markings at no additional cost.



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Aviation Art - Original Oil Painting by Rick Herter - Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker picture

Aviation Art - Original Oil Painting by Rick Herter - Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

$8500.00