France Begins Retiring KC-135

Credit: Adrian Pingstone
France has begun retiring the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker as it modernizes its aerial refueling capacity around the Airbus A330 Phenix Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). The first of 14 KC-135s was formally retired in a ceremony at the type’s main operating base of Istres on Oct. 6 after 56 years of...
Tony Osborne

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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