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    Deployments Suck — Creative Marshaling Makes It Better

    Maintainers Make Long Days More Tolerable Let’s not beat around the bush here…deployments suck, especially around the holidays.  It doesn’t matter whether you are in the desert or stationed in a cooler climate for an exercise.  The fact remains that you are away from your family, you sleep with smelly roommates, and you probably eat the […]

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    KC-135 Low Pass Over an Aircraft Carrier? Sure…Why not?

    Flyovers aren’t that rare but an Air Force tanker doing a low pass over a Navy Aircraft Carrier?  That’s pretty rare.  It shows the view from a KC-135R Stratotanker flying low over the Pacific Ocean near several ships that participated in Rim of the Pacific, 2016. Among them are the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. […]

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    An inside look at a KC-135 “flying gas station”

    The unsung heroes of flight operations, tankers like this KC-135 keep the strike aircraft in the air and on station. In-flight refueling operations is another one of those aerial activities that is fascinating to watch. The coordination between two aircraft syncing up while flying at hundreds of mph is the definition of precision. During current […]

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    Boeing Likely To Miss Delivery Deadline For KC-46 Tanker

    Boeing’s contract to deliver a new tanker – the KC-46 Pegasus – is likely to become more expensive. For Boeing. The Pentagon said this week that it has “low confidence in Boeing’s ability” to meet the deadline to deliver 18 of the new aircraft by the August 2017 deadline. A new deadline of March 2018 […]

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    This B-52 Air Refueling Disaster with Nuclear Weapons Improved Air Refueling Procedures and Crew Resource Management

    Spain was spared from catastrophic disaster by a few lucky coincidences that prevented nuclear weapons from detonating after a B-52 collided with a KC-135 during refueling. Back in 1966, the United States was deeply embroiled in a Cold War with the Soviet Union.  The United States operated secret missions named “Chrome Dome” from the United States […]