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I'm trying to find a photo of NC-135B 61-2662 (sometimes identified as JC-135B) that shows the top of the fuselage. This plane had a large SATCOM dome on the top of the fuselage. I'm trying to determine the shape of a flat fairing just in front of the large dome. I've scoured the net, but no luck. If you can point me to a photo, or any info, please let me know... Thanks...

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Don’t bet on finding one.  That airplane has been an RC-135S since 1983, and it’s not like photos of her with the SATCOM hump are exactly thick on the ground.  

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I know... I've found plenty of side views, but nothing that shows the "roof" set up... Fingers crossed... Somewhere, that elusive photo or diagram exists...! 

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Did you see this?  To me it looks similar (though not as thick) to the saddle antenna seen on EC-135C/J/P.  Not complicated.  

 

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Thanks Sleepy... I haven't seen the lower photo before... I agree, it looks similar to the saddle antenna on the EC-135C... Definetly not round, and I don't think it's even oval...

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Have you looked at the E-6B Mercury?

Same dome IIRC and you should get good images by googling E-6 Mercury refueling.

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Thanks... But it's the flat fairing in front of the dome I'm trying to get a good look at... Still searching... 🔎✈️

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On 5/18/2019 at 2:50 PM, Da SWO said:

Have you looked at the E-6B Mercury?

Same dome IIRC and you should get good images by googling E-6 Mercury refueling.

 

This airplane was de-modified from the SATCOM configuration in 1982, LONG before there was such a thing as an E-6...

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On ‎5‎/‎18‎/‎2019 at 8:28 AM, Sleepy said:

Did you see this?  To me it looks similar (though not as thick) to the saddle antenna seen on EC-135C/J/P.  Not complicated.  

 

swLndU.jpg

So borrowing Sleepy's pic, any ideas on what color the engine panels and antenna's at the top of the vertical tail surfaces are?   White?   Lt Grey?  

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8 hours ago, Drifterdon said:

So borrowing Sleepy's pic, any ideas on what color the engine panels and antenna's at the top of the vertical tail surfaces are?   White?   Lt Grey?  

 

Very light gray.  Given that this airplane still has its original MATS delivery markings visible, my guess would be Boeing Gray (aka FS16515).  Lots of KC-135s had engine cowlings that color as well.

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4 hours ago, Sleepy said:

 

Very light gray.  Given that this airplane still has its original MATS delivery markings visible, my guess would be Boeing Gray (aka FS16515).  Lots of KC-135s had engine cowlings that color as well.

thanks!

 

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