U.S. reconnaissance and surveillance aircraftJet engine aircraft, four enginePainted wood constructionScale: 1/100Operators: U.S. Air ForceTime in operation: 1961-presentPost-World War II eraManufacturers: BoeingLength: 16.75 inchesWingspan: 16.63 inches. To fill the large-aircraft reconnaissance role, America developed the RC-135 from the C-135, and numerous variants of the craft have been created since, reflecting ever changing mission requirements. Two of the most modern and widely used variants are the RC-135V and W models, used in signals intelligence work worldwide, with only limited differences between the two. Their crew of 34 monitors the sky for a wide variety of signals, which are tracked, recorded, and sent to base for further analysis. This model is a superb recreation of the original craft, and its quality details will be prized by any owner.