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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bobby McCasland, bottom right, a former crew chief, talks with crewmembers of the C-135 Stratolifter, tail number 55-3126, that was used to transport dignitaries under the command of then-Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay from 1957-1965. McCasland, who was part of the crew that delivered the Air Force’s first KC-135 Stratotanker in June 1957, attended the KC-135’s 60th anniversary at McConnell Air Force Base, Aug. 31, 2016. (Courtesy photo) Retired crew chief reminisces about 60 years of KC-135 airpower
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- On June 28, 1957, the Air Force received its first KC-135 Stratotankers.Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bobby McCasland, a former crew chief, was part of the crew that picked up the first aircraft, tail number 55-3127, from Larson Air Force Base, Washington, and delivered it to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Castle
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Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, right, poses with his grandfather, retired Staff Sgt. Raymond Hopper, in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker, June 25, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Phillips is assigned to the KC-135, one of the same airframes his grandfather once worked on nearly 60 years before. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury) A family tradition: grandfather, grandson maintain KC-135s
Families often carry a profession through their generations. For Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips and his family, they have been maintaining the aerial refueling mission for the last 60 years.Phillips, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, is assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker, one of the same airframes his grandfather once worked on
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