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Images: US Air Force Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker and C-17 Globemaster III

From the recently concluded Aero India 2011 show. Two magnificent beauties. One an Angelina Joile – a new entry to the fold, one a Grace Kelly – a timeless beauty which will never fade from our memories.

The Indian Air Force is soon expected to finalise an order for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft with their huge cargo holds capable of carrying everything from human beings to main battle tanks.

US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III 05-5153 cargo hold
The KC-135R Stratotanker was developed by Boeing as a mid-air re-fueller for the B-52 Stratofortress bomber. This particular aircraft was made in 1957, many years before most of us were born. The cockpit reflects a curious blend of the old analogue gauges with the newer digital glass cockpit display screens showing the continuous upgrades that have kept this beautiful design relevant, even 53 years after she was made.

US Air Force Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 57-1439 cockpit

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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