KC-135 Stratotanker
  • 507th enables lifesaving medical training

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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