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61 year-old Stratotanker getting the job done Legacy Stratotanker refuels newest Air Force fighters
Team Fairchild’s KC-135 Stratotanker was hard at work refueling six of the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighters, the F-35A Lightning II, over the Pacific Northwest Oct. 17.
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Airman 1st Class Jordan Brinkle, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, right, and Senior Airman Andrew Colson, 931st Maintenance Group crew chief inspect a hinged door on the undercarriage of a KC-135 Stratotanker, Oct. 29, 2015, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Maintenance Airmen ensure McConnell's aircraft are always ready to respond thereby enabling rapid global mobility daily. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Jenna K. Caldwell) Rapid global mobility sustains airpower 24/7, 365
At any moment, Airmen and aircraft can be tasked to deploy to support rapid global mobility operations both at home and abroad.On April 19, the 22nd Air Refueling Wing received a tasking order to prepare for a short-notice deployment in support of Operation Noble Eagle.The operation is an extensive air defense effort designed to prevent a
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An U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II refuels over North America in route to its deployed location in Europe, April 15, 2017. The U.S. Air Force deployed the F-35A Lightning IIs, approximately 250 Airmen and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath, England, on a long-planned training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe based aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb) McConnell tankers enable first F-35 European deployment
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- History happened April 14 as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightening II deployed to Europe for the first time carried by the backbone of the aerial refueling fleet, the KC-135 Stratotanker.   “The mission of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing is to refuel the fight,” said Col. Albert Miller, 22nd ARW commander. “This
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2017
Three F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Feb. 3, 2017, en route to Houston, Texas. The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will be performing a flyover during the 2017 Super Bowl. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) McConnell KC-135 Stratotanker refuels Thunderbirds

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An Israeli F-35 “Adir” receives fuel from a Tennessee Air National Guard KC-135 as the aircraft make the flight across the Atlantic, Dec, 6, 2016. The U.S.-made F-35s will be Israel’s first fifth generation fighter aircraft and were refueled multiple times while en route to ensure their safe delivery to Israel. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Erik D. Anthony) Air Mobility Command enables delivery of Israel’s first F-35s
Air Mobility Command Airmen worked around the clock to ensure Israel’s first two F-35 aircraft were delivered Dec. 12, making the U.S. ally the only country in the Middle East flying a fifth generation fighter aircraft. The 618th Air Operations Center, based out of Scott AFB, Illinois, assigned the Tennessee Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling
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