The Constant Phoenix arrives

The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby BenLuck on Tue 31 Mar 2015, 4:16 pm

Hello all,

I visited the hall this morning to catch this classic yet very rare jet. There were some serious winds when it was on final approach as "Cobra 67" which resulted in a go around to the delight of the photographers. She landed successfully on the second attempt :clap:

ImageUnited States Air Force Boeing WC-135W Constant Phoenix (61-2667 / OF) by Ben Luck - V One Aviation, on Flickr

ImageUnited States Air Force Boeing WC-135W Constant Phoenix (61-2667 / OF) by Ben Luck - V One Aviation, on Flickr

ImageUnited States Air Force Boeing WC-135W Constant Phoenix (61-2667 / OF) by Ben Luck - V One Aviation, on Flickr
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby capercaillie on Tue 31 Mar 2015, 4:35 pm

Nice shots, this aircraft, a then WC-135B, was based at Mildenhall with the 10ACCS as a crew trainer to keeps hours proficiency instead of using the more valuable EC-135H fleet at the time. Funny 25 years later this one is still going long after the others are dead. :smile:
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby st24 on Tue 31 Mar 2015, 11:02 pm

And still with proper engines too!! Last one? :question:
Lovely machine, good to see her back "home"
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby BenLuck on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 10:21 am

Cheers, I find it amazing that this jet is still flying today with its old engines and the fact that it used to be based here :cool:
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby capercaillie on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 11:22 am

st24 wrote:And still with proper engines too!! Last one? :question:
Lovely machine, good to see her back "home"


I think they still have the OC-135B, maybe two of, still in use as well.
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby BenLuck on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 11:50 am

There are two OC-135B's, a fleet of E-3A's and a NC-135 in the fleet which are all fitted with the classic TF33's
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby capercaillie on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 12:26 pm

BenLuck wrote:There are two OC-135B's, a fleet of E-3A's and a NC-135 in the fleet which are all fitted with the classic TF33's


The E-3s (Bs and Cs) are 707s though and not C-135s, but do have TF33s. :smile: The NC-135W is the Rivet Joint test aircraft :up:
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby BenLuck on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 12:31 pm

I was basing my last post around the engines not the aircraft type :grin:
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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby CameronSys on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 1:55 pm

Superb shots! Just passing through or based for a bit does anyone know?

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Re: The Constant Phoenix arrives

Postby BenLuck on Wed 01 Apr 2015, 2:08 pm

Thanks Cameron! I would say it's in on TDY as if it was just passing through it would have been on a QT and its still on the deck now :)
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