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Aircrew with the 756th Air Refueling Squadron conduct preflight checks prior to takeoff from the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, flight line April 13, 2017. After a year of planning, the 756 ARS embarked on a mission to refuel a Naval Air Systems Command P-8A Poseidon. The P-8A is the second-ever Navy aircraft to be fitted with a receiver for inflight refueling; the first being the E-6B Mercury nearly 30 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen) Air Force, Navy conduct first P-8A refueling mission
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.  -- The 459th Air Refueling Wing helped made history last week when its KC-135 was the first to operationally refuel a Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, P-8A Poseidon. “The 459th and the Air Force Reserve Command is honored and delighted to support the Navy on the P-8A project,” said Lt.
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The 92nd and 141st Maintenance Squadrons and the 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and work on the last Periodic Inspection of the year Dec. 9, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. During the initial phase of PE, panels are removed from the jet and Airmen look for discrepancies. Approximately 1,200 maintenance actions are found and completed throughout every PE. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson) Mobility Airmen partner to streamline periodic inspections
The Periodic Inspection is a beast; the largest and most in-depth inspection Fairchild maintainers conduct on the seasoned KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Capt. Rachel Quirarte, 349th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, Maj. Chrystina Jones, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs deputy chief, Lt. Col. Jasmin Silence, 350th Air Refueling Squadron commander, and Staff Sgt. Danielle Warren, boom operator, stand in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker February 23, 2017 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.They showcase the career diversity of Team McConnell members. . (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht) McConnell Airmen attend Women in Aviation International Conference
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Nine Airmen assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing attended the 28th annual 2017 Women in Aviation International Conference March 2 to 5, Orlando, Florida.WAI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields. Women make up nearly half of the
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Flight deck of a KC-135R Stratotanker after completing the Block 45 avionics upgrade Nov. 15, 2016, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Block 45 completely remodels the inside of the flight deck with new liquid crystal displays, radio altimeter, auto-pilot, digital flight director and other computer module updates. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis) KC-135 MOD program closes out year with magic number: Block 45
The KC-135 Block 45 upgrade program reached a milestone by closing out 2016 with the 45th aircraft in the modification line here. Block 45 completely remodels the inside of the flight deck with new liquid crystal displays, radio altimeter, autopilot, digital flight director and other computer module updates, according to information provided by the Legacy Tanker Division located here.
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A crew chief assigned to Joint Base Charleston marshals one of MacDill Air Force Base's (AFB) KC-135 Stratotanker at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Oct. 27. Four steady-state KC-135 Stratotankers and 90 Airmen operated out of JB Charleston during MacDill AFB's runway reconstruction project. The aircraft and personnel returned to MacDill AFB on Dec. 19 and 20. MacDill KC-135s conclude temporary relocation at JB Charleston
After the completion of runway repairs at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, the last KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft temporarily operating from here returned Dec. 20. The first of four steady-state MacDill KC-135s and 90 Airmen arrived at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct. 14, to continue operations during the runway reconstruction at
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Airmen from the 92nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics shop prepare a refueling boom to be attached to a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 16, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. This spring, Airmen from the 92nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics shop were called to fix a KC-135 with an improperly installed boom ruddervator torque tube, which secures the ruddervators to the tanker’s refueling boom. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) Hydraulics Airmen correct 60-year-old KC-135 maintenance flaw
Team Fairchild Airmen may have saved all 396 KC-135 Stratotankers in the Air Force.
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James discusses modernization and how mobility Airmen enable the fight during the 48th Annual Airlift Tanker Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 28, 2015. The symposium served as a key professional development forum for Mobility Air Forces Airmen by enabling direct access to senior mobility leaders and fostering an environment encouraging open dialogue and honest discussions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melissa Estevez) SECAF reiterates focus on modernization, efficiency
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James took the stage Oct. 28, at the 48th annual Air Mobility Command and Airlift/Tanker Association Symposium to address the Air Force’s priority to maintain mission readiness and promote modernization in the coming years. With increasing global threats , James reiterated her emphasis on
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jake, 912th Air Refueling Squadron crew chief, speaks with pilots of a KC-135 Stratotanker over the radio prior to take off Sept. 19, 2016, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders) Incirlik refuels coalition fighters supporting OIR
Airmen deployed to the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Incirlik Air Base conduct daily high intensity operations keeping the gas flowing and the combat missions going. It’s the responsibility of the Airmen of the 22nd EARS to provide in air refueling for all coalition aircraft involved in Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. The additional fuel
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Default Air Force Logo Former commander returns to celebrate KC-135s, Airmen
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Underneath the shadow of the first KC-135 Stratotanker to fly, and with the massive hangars for the future home of the KC-46 Pegasus on the horizon, retired Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz spoke to 250 Airmen, veterans and community members at McConnell Air Force Base about the 60-year legacy of the Stratotanker, Aug 31. “We were tremendously honored General Lorenz agreed to be our guest speaker,” said Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “His vast experience, combined with a hugely successful Air Force career, made him the perfect person to honor this key milestone for one of the most important weapon systems our Air Force has in its arsenal. He expertly explained how the KC-135 made us a global power, but more importantly, that it was the generations of Airmen who, through the past six decades leveraged, in his words, 'this old bird,' to achieve so much for our nation.”
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A B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. receives fuel from a 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. during Polar Roar, a strategic deterrence exercise, in the skies near the North Pole, July 31. The B-52 received 70 thousand pounds of fuel from the KC-10 during the refueling. Tankers enable long-range bomber capability during Polar Roar
Mobility Airmen play a vital role in deterrence and stand ready to operate in support of global operations at a moment’s notice.Air Mobility Command Airmen, 15 KC-135 Stratotankers and 10 KC-10 Extenders enabled Air Force Global Strike Command B-52s and B-2s to sustain air operations for more than 20 hours during ‪Polar Roar July 31, 2016.Through
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