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The B-1B meets its KC-135R tanker for a mid air refueling.
A Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker rendezvous with a Rockwell B-1B strategic bomber as they pick their way through a weather system. The advent of the KC-135 Jet tanker in the 1950s ushered in the golden age for air refueling, providing virtually unlimited range and endurance to United States bombers, fighters, airlifters and other aircraft equipped with refueling receptacles. The KC-135R is the modernized Stratotanker with more powerful and fuel efficient GE CFM56 turbofan engines conferring much improved takeoff and climb performance and greater fuel offload capability for the same range, or the ability to refuel at greater ranges than the earlier KC-135A. The KC-135R is the true Team Mate for all properly equipped aircraft.*