KC-135 Stratotanker

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The 507th ARW has a fleet of eight KC-135 Stratotankers, which are used mostly for aerial refueling in operations worldwide, but the aircraft can also transform into emergency rooms in the sky to provide lifesaving in-flight patient care during a crisis.
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Master Sgt. Roger Carr, crew chief with the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., moves a fire extinguisher across the flightline prior to a KC-135R Stratotanker refueling flight at RAF Mildenhall, England, as Senior Master Sgt. Justin Henry, 507th AMXS NCO in charge, looks on, July 25, 2017. In a long-standing partnership between the Air Force Reserve Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe, members of the 507th Air Refueling Wing are augmenting the 100th Air Refueling Wing July 1-29, to provide KC-135R air refueling support to the European theater of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Lauren Gleason Reservists maintain aircraft, relationships via Operation Atlantic Resolve
Total Force Airmen of the 507th Maintenance Group from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, maintained KC-135R Stratotankers here in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, strengthening the relationship between Air Force Reserve Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, July 1-29.
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Two cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy observe Senior Master Sgt. Jim Martin, 314th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, as he prepares for a refueling trainer mission June 9, 2017. Cadets were given an incentive flight to learn more about the operational Air Force as part of their Ops Air Force tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) Academy cadets tour Beale operations
Eleven Air Force Academy cadets flew on a KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling trainer mission June 9 as part of their Ops Air Force tour. All third-year cadets are allotted time at Air Force bases to observe and explore prospective career fields. The graduating class of 2019 was split into groups of 10 to 15 and sent to bases around the world for two
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Airman 1st Class Andrew Winkler, left, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Eric Stevenson, right, 100th AMXS, inspect a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS exercise at Powidz Air Base, Poland, June 6, 2017. The U.S. Air Force is supporting the exercise with approximately 900 Airmen, eight F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, four KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.S. and U.S. Air Force Reserve 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andres, Maryland, one Air Force Reserve E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) from the 513th Aerial Control Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma and Airmen from the 1st Combat Communication Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany will be supporting this multinational exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) BALTOPS 2017 Kicks Off
Exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) is underway in the Baltic Sea region until 16 June. Air, maritime, and ground assets from several NATO Allies and Partner Nations are involved in the live training event that started from Szczecin, Poland and finishes in Kiel, Germany.
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Master Sgt. Robert Self, 370th Flight Test Squadron, following his final flight Jan. 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Higgins) Love for flying kept last KC-135 flight engineer flying for decades
After a career that has spanned almost four decades, the last Air Force flight engineer for the KC-135 Stratotanker is set to retire at Edwards. Master Sgt. Robert Self joined the U.S. Marine Corps in November 1978 and will wrap up his military career next month as a full-time Air Force Reservist with the 370th Flight Test Squadron.
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Airmen assigned to the 940th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work on the tail of the KC-135 Stratotanker Feb. 10, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Around 150 Airmen were involved in a mass practice, preparing four KC-135 Stratotankers for expedited takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams) Mass training prepares tankers for expedited takeoff
The 940th Maintenance and Operations Groups participated in generation training with four KC-135 Stratotankers here Feb. 10.This was the first mass practice since the return of the refueling mission last year and served as preparation for upcoming exercises and inspections. “We have to practice to be ready,” said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel McCarthy,
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Tech Sgt. Trevor Gray and Master Sgt. Jared Richmond, 434th Maintenance Group repair and reclamation technicians, reinstall a stabilizer trim actuator on Jan. 8, 2017 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. The actuator is located in a small compartment in the tail of the aircraft often referred to as the “hellhole.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Dakota Bergl) TCTO sends Airmen into KC-135R “hellhole”
No maintainer enjoys being required to climb into the small compartment, often called the “hellhole,” in the tail of a KC-135R Stratotanker, even if it just for a short time.
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Four F-22 Raptors from the 27th Fighter Squadron out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., fly in formation below a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., prior to a flyover in Tipton, Ind., Sept. 29, 2016.  The flyover was part of a memorial ceremony for Army Air Corps Lt. Robert McIntosh, who passed away after his aircraft crashed during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Col. Hiram Gates) Airmen fly, pay homage to fallen aviator
Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Robert McIntosh, 27th Fighter Squadron pilot, was honored Sept. 29 with a flyover in Tipton, Indiana by a formation of F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Thunderbirds, flies off the wing of one of Grissom’s KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft following a successful refuel over Midwestern America on Sept. 7, 2016. The Thunderbird was traveling to the Fort Wayne Air Show when it received its refuel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Dakota Bergl) Grissom tankers refuel Thunderbird
Two Grissom KC-135R Stratotankers had the rare privilege of refueling an aircraft from the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Thunderbirds, Sept. 7.
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A Norwegian Air Force F-16 is refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen) Liberators support Operation Atlantic Resolve
When the 100th Air Refueling Wing out of Royal Air Force Base Mildehnall, England, was tasked to help support operations in Africa Command, the skilled men and women of the 459th Air Refueling Wing stepped up to fill the void in European Command operations. "As one of the only KC-135 units in EUCOM, the 100th ARW is heavily tasked to support
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