The Boeing RC-135 is a large family of reconnaissance aircraft used by the United States Air Force to support theater and national level intelligence consumers with near real-time on-scene collection analysis and dissemination capabilities. Based on the C-135 Stratolifter airframe various types of RC-135s have been in service since 1961. Many variants have been modified numerous times resulting in a large variety of designations configurations and program names.
Made by Boeing.
It is the successor of the Boeing C-135 Stratolifter .