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RC-135 Rivet Joint and Combat Sent

16 September 2016

Essentially the Rivet Joint aircraft collect communications signals from the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum for signals intelligence and the Combat Sent collect radar specific signals emitted on the EM spectrum.

An RC-135 Stratoliner aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 1700th Air Refueling Squadron Provisional during Operation Desert Shield.

An RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing approaching—USAF photo

An RC-135 Rivet Joint flies over Afghanistan Jan. 9. The intelligence reconnaissance aircraft carries a 34-member crew has been consistently deployed to Southwest Asia for a milestone 6,000 days since Aug. 9, 1990, just before Operation Desert Shield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)

An RC-135 Rivet Joint, with its 34 member crew, flying Afghanistan skies—U.S. Air Force photo/MSgt. Scott Wagers

Captains Guy Perrow and Erik Dunkley and 1st Lt. Michael Morrison prep a RC-135 Rivet Joint for a flight. RC-135's have been deployed from the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and maintained a constant presence in Southwest Asia for 6,000 days since Aug. 9, 1990, just prior to Operation Desert Shield. Captain Perrow is the aircraft commander, Captain Dunkley is the co-pilot, and Lieutenant Morrison is the navigator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)

Captains Guy Perrow (pilot) and Erik Dunkley (copilot) and 1st Lt. Michael Morrison (navigator) prepping their RC-135 Rivet Joint flight—U.S. Air Force photo/MSgt. Scott Wagers

Lt. Col. Doug Sachs and 1st Lt. Beth Brockshus monitor equipment that scans the earth to detect, identify and geolocate signals throughout the electromagnetic spectrum on board an RC-135 Rivet Joint. The two are electronic warfare officers and are two of 34 crew members who fly aboard the RC-135. The crew can forward information in a variety of formats to a wide range of consumers via the plane's extensive communications suite. Colonel Sachs is deployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan, as the 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron commander, and Lieutenant Brockshus is deployed from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)

Electronic warfare officers (2 of the 34 member crew) Lt. Col. Doug Sachs and 1st Lt. Beth Brockshus monitoring sensors scanning the Earth’s surface to detect, identify and geolocate signals throughout the electromagnetic spectrum on board their RC-135 Rivet Joint—U.S. Air Force photo/MSgt. Scott Wagers

Staff Sgt. John Terlaje and Airman 1st Class Ross Vandenbosch tow an RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft to a nearby maintenance area. The crew chiefs are deployed from the 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)

Staff Sgt. John Terlaje and Airman 1st Class Ross Vandenbosch towing an RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft and showing the antennae panels on each fuselage side—U.S. Air Force photo/MSgt. Scott Wagers

FILE PHOTO -- The RC-135U Combat Sent, located at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., provides strategic electronic reconnaissance information to the president, secretary of defense, Department of Defense leaders and theater commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The RC-135U Combat Sent with its 23 person crew—U.S. Air Force photo

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Another view of a flying RC-135 Rivet Joint clearly showing the plethora of antennae both on the wings as well as fuselage—USAF photo

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Tart permalink
    16 September 2016 09:50

    Thank you to the men and women who fly on these valuable mission’s .

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      17 September 2016 19:20

      Hear hear.

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