RSAF crew pay tribute to workhorse aerial tanker

Supplies being unloaded from the Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R transport aircraft at the Chittagong airport in Bangladesh, on  Oct 10, 2017.
Supplies being unloaded from the Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R transport aircraft at the Chittagong airport in Bangladesh, on Oct 10, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE
The Multi-Role Tanker Transport making its first appearance at Tengah Airbase during the media preview of the RSAF50 Parade on Sept 1, 2018.
The Multi-Role Tanker Transport making its first appearance at Tengah Airbase during the media preview of the RSAF50 Parade on Sept 1, 2018. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has been using the KC-135R aerial tanker for more than two decades, in which time air crew have established a strong rapport with it.

The aircraft were bought second-hand from the United States in 1997, and since then they have carried out air-to-air refuelling for international forces, taken part in humanitarian missions and joined the recent Defeat-ISIS coalition in the Middle East.

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