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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, who have continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s and is capable of carrying 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons.
The KC-10A is an air-to-air refuelling tanker in service with the United Sates Air Force. Powered by 3 × General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans providing 52,500 lb of thrust each, the aircraft can reach a top speed of 619 mph and a maximum height of 42,000 ft. The KC-10A has the ability to refuel aircraft using both the ‘Boom’ and ‘Probe and Drogue’ methods, the latter being the refuelling method for RAF aircraft.
The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core, aerial refuelling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations. Four turbofans, mounted under 35-degree swept wings, power the KC-135 to takeoffs at gross weights of up to 322,500 pounds.