This flying gas station can carry 200,000 pounds of fuel.

The KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets in the air. That’s because this 136-foot-long aircraft is a flying gas tank capable of performing air refueling—and carrying a whopping 200,000 pounds of fuel. (1:59)

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