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News Roundup: Air Force Says Tanker Crew Saved F-16 In Distress

F-16 Fighting Falcons receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Suzanne Day)
F-16 Fighting Falcons receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Suzanne Day)

A crew of a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker helped save an F-16 pilot from bailing out over ISIS territory. The Air Force released details Friday about the incident, which happened last year.

The Air Force did not specify where, exactly, the incident took place and did not specify The country to which the F-16 belonged was not identified. Considering that Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh was shot down, captured by ISIS and apparently burned alive.

Considering ISIS’ brutality, the Air Force tanker likely saved the life of the F-16 pilot. His plane was suffering from a fueling malfunction that allowed it to only use up to 15 minutes of fuel at a time. The tanker continued refueling the F-16 until it could return to its base.

Happy Birthday, Chuck Yaeger

If we could sing, Happy Birthday, we would (and thanks to a recent court ruling, we wouldn’t’ face the prospect of being charged a rights fee for singing … badly.) Brigadier General Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager, one of the best aviators this country has produced, turns 93 Saturday.

A P-51 pilot during World War II he had 11.5 official victories, including one of the first air-to-air victories over a jet fighter (a German Messerschmitt Me 262). As he said later, “The first jet I ever saw, I shot down.”

After the war, Yeager became a test pilot and on Oct. 14, 1947, he became the first human to officially break the sound barrier. During the Vietnam War, he commanded a fighter squadron.

A crisp salute from to you, sir. Happy Birthday and many more. We’ll celebrate by watching “The Right Stuff.”

Arrival Of Support Aircraft Precede POTUS

With President Obama scheduled to arrive in Palm Spring, Calif., to prepare for the the official start of the US-ASEAN summit Monday, the locals got a preview with the arrival of support aircraft.

Two orange U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters sat on the tarmac Palm Springs International Airport and were soon joined by a U.S. Air Force C-17A Globemaster III military transport that carried vehicles and other support equipment.

Air Force One arrived Friday afternoon. Obama will be in the area for five days.


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Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.

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