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Last Boeing KC-135 Mid-Air Refuelling Tanker Left Pease Air Base, N.H., For Good, On Sunday.

by Anura Guruge

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Kind of sad. Definitely the end of an era for us in New Hampshire. The KC-135 Stratotankers had been such an iconic part of our skies for so long – especially if you were in or around Portsmouth. We don’t get to see too many large, 4-engines planes flying low over New Hampshire — the KC 135 invariably the lone exception.

Big plane, especially with the ‘new’ BIG engines. Loud too, very loud when taking off or coming into land. But, up there, either cruising or making an approach to Pease, whisper quiet, just a dark silhouette floating across the sky.

It is supposed to be a sister-ship to my all time favorite Boeing 707. But, it seems bigger, bulkier or brawnier. To be honest I haven’t set eyes on a 707 in decades. So, I could be wrong.

Well, we are supposed to be getting the replacements, the TWIN-engine Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, but not until November 2019. That is over 6-months away. Not sure what happens in the interim.

Body looks similar, but twin-engine as opposed to quad. This one based on the much, much newer Boeing 767.

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by Anura Guruge

The Timelessly Elegant Boeing 707 Made Its First Commercial Flight, This Day, 59-Years Ago; October 26, 1958.

by Anura Guruge

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So graceful and svelte, even TODAY.

A later model than the one that would have flown in 1958.

One of my TOP 3 FAVORITE planes — ever! Yes, top 3, even after all these years.

I think, though I can’t be 100% sure of that, it’s VERY BIG brother, the Boeing 747 Jumbo, is probably my all time favorite. But, push comes to shove, it might still be the Boeing 707.

The 707 was the first jet I ever flew in — on August 27, 1967, when we left Ceylon (forever, for all of us, as it would turn out to be) for Buffalo, U.S.A. That whole trip, which was in multiple legs, Colombo – Athens, Athens -Rome, Rome – Paris, Paris – London & finally London – New York was on 707s. From then on I flew in 707s quite a bit until the 747 came along. I flew on a 747, for the first time, in June 1970.

There are 707 still in service.

59-years ago. Just think back.

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by Anura Guruge