KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

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KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby Not_Karl » Thu May 19, 2011 4:14 am

I found a small, crappy, uninformative article in an argentine newspaper while looking for Sol's crash. No information on the type of plane (but, from the picture, it looks like a 707 and says it is a "fuel carrier", so...). No fatalities.

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Picture from ABC News, via Infobae.

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http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_1809 ... ck_check=1
Tanker crashes on takeoff at California air station

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Associated Press
Posted: 05/18/2011 06:27:37 PM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2011 06:53:23 PM PDT

VENTURA, Calif. -- A Boeing 707 tanker crashed and burst into flames as it took off Wednesday from Point Mugu Naval Air Station in Southern California, injuring the three people on board, an airbase spokeswoman said.
Broadcast reports showed black smoke and flames pouring from the aircraft after it went down at 5:25 p.m. and slid off a runway. The three on board escaped with minor injuries, air station spokeswoman Terry Reid told KCAL-TV.
She said the tanker is used for fleet operations support and transporting fuel.
It's not known where the tanker was headed at the time of the crash.
Point Mugu Naval Air Station is in Ventura County and about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
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Re: KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby PurduePilot » Thu May 19, 2011 5:36 am

Only 3 people onboard makes me think it's not a KC-135.

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Re: KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby flyboy2548m » Thu May 19, 2011 12:18 pm

That looks a lot like the "civilian" 707 tanker I saw a few times at San Antonio. I agree that it doesn't look like a KC-135. For one thing, I see windows, for another - a ventral fin.
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Re: KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby David Hilditch » Thu May 19, 2011 1:17 pm

It was indeed a 707 - Omega Air 707-320C. Omega operates air refueling contracts for the USN.

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Re: KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby Verbal » Thu May 19, 2011 5:28 pm

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Re: KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby PurduePilot » Thu May 19, 2011 6:21 pm

I think our good friend Chris Kilroy rode along with them at some point.

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php? ... 468&nseq=5

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php? ... 180&nseq=1

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Re: KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby Not_Karl » Thu May 19, 2011 8:01 pm

Thanks for the clarification :D .
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Re: KC-135 down in Point Mugu?

Postby B77W-QOTS » Fri May 20, 2011 12:11 am

Regularly chartered by the RAAF

Here's a recent picture of it in Darwin.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Omega-Ta ... 587461f861
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