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  • “El Diablo” rises from history

    Adding artwork to the front of an aircraft is a long-standing tradition, stemming back to World War I. From sharp teeth to combat cartoon characters, these paintings became a morale-booster for the troops during the war. The 940th Air Refueling Wing has been bringing the tradition to life again, after being re-designated as a KC-135 Stratotanker unit in 2016. The wing uncovered its third nose art, “El Diablo,” May 5, almost one year to the date after the last reveal.
  • Niagara hones air refueling skills during MacDill mission

    Aircrew from the 914th Air Refueling Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, N.Y., capitalized on their mission to MacDill Air Force Base Florida, 19 Jan. to 2 Feb., in support of Operation Guardian Blitz.During the two-week long exercise, aircrew from the 914th ARW provided air to air refueling for A-10s assigned to the Indiana
  • AMC, Industry partner to enhance virtual training

    Canadian Aviation Electronics USA, the primary contractor for the KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew training system, recently received authorization to operate on the Air Force’s Distributed Training Center Network. This means the KC-135 Stratotanker simulators will be connected to other mobility Air Force platforms allowing for live, virtual-constructive training between different bases. The first base to receive networked capabilities is Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, followed by Fairchild AFB; March Air Reserve Base, California; Grissom ARB, Indiana; and MacDill AFB, Florida.
  • Father and son train together

    Altus Air Force Base trains new aircrew members every day, but on March 17, a father and son were reunited during a training mission together, 21,000 feet in the air.U.S. Air Force Col. Craig Peters, 940th Air Refueling Wing commander, piloted a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker and had the chance to refuel a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III,
  • 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,
  • Joint, multinational integration key to refueling during RIMPAC

    Since their arrival to Rim of the Pacific 2016, July 7, Citizen Airmen in the 507th Air Refueling Wing have worked hand-in-hand with other nations and sister services to offload more than 2 million pounds of fuel to U.S. and Canadian military aircraft.
  • Okies support Navy during RIMPAC

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM - Six U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets await refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker belonging to the 465th Air Refueling Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
  • Reserve spouses watch air refueling

    Mrs. Barabara Jackson, wife of Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, former Chief of Air Force Reserve and commander of AF Reserve Command, captures the refueling of an A-10C Thunderbolt from the boom operator position in a KC-135 Stratotanker July 14, 2016. Jackson and other spouses were given an orientation flight as part of the AFRC commander and spouses
  • Citizen Airmen keep RIMPAC flying high

    One of the few common threads interwoven between the twenty-six nations and more than 200 aircraft participating in Rim of the Pacific 2016 is the need for fuel; a lot of it.
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