The static display at RIAT 2016 will be boosted by a KC-135R Stratotanker air-to-air refuelling aircraft of the 351st Air Refueling Squadron, based at RAF Mildenhall.
The backbone of America's air-to-air refuelling fleet has been provided by the Stratotanker since the 1950s. The KC-135R has been updated with more efficient engines, which burn up to 25% less fuel and provide greater thrust. The efficiency of the engines enables the aircraft to offload 50% more fuel on a medium-radius mission. Over 400 of the USAF fleet of KC-135s have been re-engined.