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EC-135 Looking Glass
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EC-135 Looking Glass

EC-135 Looking Glass Specifications
Primary Function: Survivable USSTRATCOM Command & Control System for nuclear forces
Contractor: Boeing Military Airplanes Division
Crew: 28
Unit Cost: N/A
  Four Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102 turbofan Engines at 16,000 lb each
Length: 128 feet
Wingspan: 131 feet
Height: 43 feet
Empty: N/A
Maximum Takeoff: 300,000 lb
Speed: 500+ mph (Mach 0.66)
Ceiling: Above 45,000 feet
Endurance: Approx. 6,000 miles

EC-135 Looking Glass Achievements
  • From 1961 to 1990, a Looking Glass aircraft was in the air at all times 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

EC-135 Looking Glass Features

The EC-135 is a versatile airframe with excellent airspeed, range, endurance and air refueling flexibility. The fact all the EC-135 aircraft are both tanker receiver and air refueling capable allows the 2nd ACCS to virtually self-sufficient. In addition, air refueling allows the aircraft's mission to be extended almost indefinitely, giving it range to conduct non-stop operations to any operating location worldwide.

EC-135 Looking Glass Background

The EC-135C Looking Glass aircraft are flown by the 2nd Airborne Command Control Squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The squadrons primary mission is to provide the National Command Authorities and the Joint Chiefs of Staff with a survivable element of the USSTRATCOM Command and Control System capable of executing and directing nuclear forces. The function and composition of the battle staff aboard Looking Glass mirrors the capabilities of USSTRATCOM's larger battle staff in the underground command center at Offutt AFB.

EC-135 Looking Glass Photos
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