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Posted: 1/27/2006 2:01:49 PM EDT




Boeing C-135C

Swimming upstream for last time
95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

January 20 2006

01/20/06 – EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Crew members of the C-135C tail number 669, also known as Speckled Trout, watch the aircraft complete its fini-flight after taxiing underneath the fire department water cascade on Jan. 13.

The aircraft not only served in support of senior military leaders with worldwide airlift for 31 years, but it conducted avionics and communications testing at Edwards. Capt. John Kilareski, 412th Flight Test Squadron, and Maj. Raymond Ouellette, 412th FLTS, both piloted the retiring aircraft during it’s farewell flight.







Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:03:43 PM EDT
That's a shame. I retired my trouser trout.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:06:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:10:20 PM EDT
Not a bad looking VIP taxi. Trust me, the USAF has plenty more luxurious limos with which to shuttle around the cheesy pols and major suckups.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:12:16 PM EDT
Speckled Trout?
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:15:30 PM EDT
How did it get that name SPECKLED TROUT?
Also, C135 = Civilian Boeing 707?
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:16:11 PM EDT
Actually I retired the TT because it was well past it's expiration date.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:17:33 PM EDT
I always liked how the 707 looked, I think it's a nice looking aircraft.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:25:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By yobo:
How did it get that name SPECKLED TROUT?
Also, C135 = Civilian Boeing 707?


IIRC it's a chicken/egg kinda relationship.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:26:15 PM EDT
Tail number 669?
Clinton use it?
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:27:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Fly-Navy:
I always liked how the 707 looked, I think it's a nice looking aircraft.



+1

Something downright elegant about 4 engined aircraft, especially this one with the old style sleek nacelles (pre high-bypass turbofans).
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:31:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

Originally Posted By Fly-Navy:
I always liked how the 707 looked, I think it's a nice looking aircraft.



+1

Something downright elegant about 4 engined aircraft, especially this one with the old style sleek nacelles (pre high-bypass turbofans).



My dad remains in love with his first operational AC--The B-47.

Drips with the sexiness to which you refer.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:34:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:36:19 PM EDT
Thats a shame, buddy of mine just got a job working it a year ago, guess he's job shopping again. I was about to email him to see if they had any openings. We do a nice job of VIP flying with the C-17s and the "silver bullet". The 4 stars don't seem to mind it too much, and we can fly them anywhere in the AOR without changing planes. The old trout had no IRCM/ECM so it had to drop them off to ride a 130 or 17 in theater anyway. The new BBJs (C-40B) do a great job too.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 2:41:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CITADELGRAD87:

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

Originally Posted By Fly-Navy:
I always liked how the 707 looked, I think it's a nice looking aircraft.



+1

Something downright elegant about 4 engined aircraft, especially this one with the old style sleek nacelles (pre high-bypass turbofans).



My dad remains in love with his first operational AC--The B-47.

Drips with the sexiness to which you refer.



The B-47 is like a Great Dane that thinks it's a Chiwawa. Fast and feisty fighter trapped in the body of a bomber.

I too have a big soft spot for that aircraft.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 5:47:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
Was it retired for airframe life considerations or just because the brass wanted something newer?



The Air Force is thining out the herd.
Not too many C-135's left that use those engines, plus it is about ready fo a major rework, so it was time for it to go.
The US Navy "rented" that plane for training pilots for the Tacamo E-6B.
That kept it in the air for a few years longer.

So what was the original Boeing name of the C-135?
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 5:52:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2006 5:57:51 PM EDT by lasertech]

The Air Force is thining out the herd.
Not too many C-135's left that use those engines, plus it is about ready fo a major rework, so it was time for it to go.
The US Navy "rented" that plane for training pilots for the Tacamo E-6B.
That kept it in the air for a few years longer.

So what was the original Boeing name of the C-135?

Was it the Dash 50?

*edited answer....... Oops., meant the dash 80
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 6:01:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2006 6:02:09 PM EDT by 2A373]

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:

Was it retired for airframe life considerations or just because the brass wanted something newer?


CJ




It's being replaced with a KC-135R that has more capabilities than the old C-135.

www.edwards.af.mil/archive/2003/2003-archive-speckled_trout.html
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