A US Air Force KC-135R has declared an emergency over the North Sea.

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft.

The Open Source Intelligence Twitter account SkyWatcher Intel is following this, if you don’t follow them then I’d suggest you go do that now.

UPDATE: The aircraft has now landed and the crew are safe.

What is the significance of “Squawking 7700”?

Captain Hoke is a Boeing 757/767 captain for a package express airline and also runs the website AeroSavvy, he had this to say.

“Declaring an emergency means the crew determines they have an ‘urgency’ or ‘distress’ situation. “Urgency” means the crew is concerned about the safety of the flight and needs timely (but not necessarily immediate) assistance. A ‘distress’ condition means that the flight is in serious and/or imminent danger and requires immediate assistance”.

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Is that the second time in a week or two?
Same model aircraft ttoo, if I’m not mistaken…


From that angle those big Turbofan engines look massively outsized on the C135 airframe.


Very ‘butch’ though!

john melling

Sure there’s been a few emergencies declared recently, what’s going on …

Last edited 1 month ago by john melling

Its Airforce….salad bar was running low😉


Its very sad trying claiming service when you didn’t serve….Walt.


No more is needed to verify to all that you are a genuine troll account. Computer taught English, variations of language and style, unable to reiterate previous information and an inability to answer replies with answers. My work here is done.


Computer glitch for the troll we see.


Come on troll, admit it, you want to be like me? It’s ok, it is, I can let you wear a pair of my used socks, possibly if your good.


Its ok, lots of men seem to fancy me….


Oh dear, computer issues while the bot is trolling other sites. Sort it out old man.


Go on I will sign a picture for you as well.


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Its ok, one day you may get the chance to meet a girl.

Captain P Wash



All these ‘sqwuaks’ that have been posted here over the last couple of months make me think they’re training.

There’s been at least half a dozen I can think of. They can’t all be real can they?

Robert Blay

I don’t really know why these events are being reported. They are entirely routine and normal. Both military and civilian aircraft run into technical difficulties, it doesn’t mean they are going to drop out of the sky and crash. Some systems can display a caption, and the rule book will say the aircraft has to RTB ect, a quick fix once back on the ground, and you are up and running again.