File Photo. U.S. Air Force RC-135. The RC-135 is a reconnaissance aircraft supporting theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. On March 2, 2003, four North Korean fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Air Force RC-135S Cobra Ball operating in international airspace over the Sea of Japan. Aircraft Statistics: Primary Function: Reconnaissance. Contractor. Boeing Aerospace Co. and E-Systems. Speed: More than 500 mph. Dimensions: Wingspan 130 ft. 10 in., length 145 ft. 6 in., height 41 ft. 4 in. Range: More than 11 hours without refueling. Crew: Up to 32. U.S. Air Force photo courtesy Air Force Link.
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