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Fueling freedom, one bomber at a timeFueling freedom, one bomber at a time
Fueling freedom, one bomber at a time

Staff Sgt. Shawna Sims, a 92nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., during an aerial refueling mission as part of exercise AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 28, 2015, over the Alaskan coastline. The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions and is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. The KC-135 was originally designed to perform aerial refueling primarily for the B-52 when they were built in the mid-1950s and early-1960s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 6/3/2015

Fueling freedom, one bomber at a timeFueling freedom, one bomber at a time
Fueling freedom, one bomber at a time

Staff Sgt. Shawna Sims, a 92nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., during an aerial refueling mission as part of exercise AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 28, 2015, over the Alaskan coastline. The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions and is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. The KC-135 was originally designed to perform aerial refueling primarily for the B-52 when they were built in the mid-1950s and early-1960s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 6/3/2015

Tanker makes connection with bomberTanker makes connection with bomber
Tanker makes connection with bomber

Staff Sgt. Shawna Sims, a 92nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., connects with a B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., during an aerial refueling mission as part of exercise AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 28, 2015, over the Alaskan coastline. AMALGAM DART, a North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise, is an annual training opportunity affording American and Canadian forces field training exercises aimed at improving NORAD’s operational capability in a bi-national environment. The exercise spanned two forward operating locations in Canada’s Northwest Territory, two U.S. Air Force bases in Alaska and a mobile radar site in Resolute, Nunavut, as well as, the sky over much of NORAD’s area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 6/3/2015

Tanker makes connection with bomberTanker makes connection with bomber
Tanker makes connection with bomber

Staff Sgt. Shawna Sims, a 92nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., connects with a B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., during an aerial refueling mission as part of exercise AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 28, 2015, over the Alaskan coastline. AMALGAM DART, a North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise, is an annual training opportunity affording American and Canadian forces field training exercises aimed at improving NORAD’s operational capability in a bi-national environment. The exercise spanned two forward operating locations in Canada’s Northwest Territory, two U.S. Air Force bases in Alaska and a mobile radar site in Resolute, Nunavut, as well as, the sky over much of NORAD’s area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 6/3/2015

The fabled boomThe fabled boom
The fabled boom

The boom of a 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., enables the aircraft’s boom operators to discharge the tanker’s 200,000 pounds of fuel into other jets during aerial refueling operations like those conducted during exercise AMALGAM DART 15-2 at Eielson AFB, Alaska, May 26 to June 1, 2015. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft like the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets that participated in this annual North American Aerospace Defense Command bi-national exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 6/3/2015

Fueling up the RaptorFueling up the Raptor
Fueling up the Raptor

An F-22 Raptor from the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis receives fuel during aerial refueling from a 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild AFB, Wash., on their way to AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 27, 2015, over British Columbia, Canada. A Tanker Task Force assembled from the 92nd and 22nd ARWs joined approximately 300 military personnel and 15 aircraft in exercise AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 26 through June 1. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 6/3/2015

Fueling up the RaptorFueling up the Raptor
Fueling up the Raptor

An F-22 Raptor from the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis receives fuel during aerial refueling from a 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild AFB, Wash., on their way to AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 27, 2015, over British Columbia, Canada. A Tanker Task Force assembled from the 92nd and 22nd ARWs joined approximately 300 military personnel and 15 aircraft in exercise AMALGAM DART 15-2 May 26 through June 1. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 6/3/2015

Stratofortress eerily creeps on foggy dayStratofortress eerily creeps on foggy day
Stratofortress eerily creeps on foggy day

The Boeing B-52D Stratofortress, known as the “MiG-killer,” sits in the installation’s Heritage Air Park during one of the foggiest days this month with visibility recorded at less than a quarter mile and far less in some areas March 27, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. According to the 92nd Operations Support Squadron’s weather flight, there is a difference between fog and mist. Fog occurs when visibility is less than a half mile, while mist is when visibility is more than a half mile. Fairchild acquired this B-52 in 1983 after making its final flight from Anderson Air Base, Guam, Oct. 12, 1983, as a member of the 92nd Bomb Wing. B-52s were stationed at Fairchild from 1956 to 1994. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 3/27/2015

Skytrain fogged inSkytrain fogged in
Skytrain fogged in

The Douglas C-47D Skytrain sits in the installation’s Heritage Air Park during one of the foggiest days this month with visibility recorded at less than a quarter mile and far less in some areas March 27, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Typically, the base experiences an average of 11 foggy days each March, but this year, the 92nd Operations Support Squadron has recorded far fewer foggy days. Fairchild acquired the C-47 in 1984 and was previously flown primarily as a military transport developed from the DC-3 with modifications to the cargo door and a strengthened floor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 3/27/2015

Deicing simulatorDeicing simulator
Deicing simulator

92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen work together to de-ice a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flight line for flight preparation at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Jan. 29, 2014. Aircraft de-icing is a process in which liquid solutions are sprayed onto an aircraft during the winter to both defrost and prevent future precipitation from freezing. Snow and ice on the wings and rear tail component change their shape and disrupt the airflow making it difficult to fly and diminishes fuel economy. The recently installed deicing simulator allows Airmen to train deicing an aircraft without using costly deicing resources and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 1/7/2015

Seven aircraft launch during base exercise Seven aircraft launch during base exercise
Seven aircraft launch during base exercise

A KC-135 Stratotanker flies over head during an operational readiness exercise at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Aug. 22, 2014. The Wing Inspection Team-planned exercise allowed 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wing Total Force Integration units to test and evaluate their capabilities to provide responsive aerial refueling and operational support for the full range of military missions worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samantha Krolikowski/Released)
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Posted: 8/22/2014

Seven aircraft launch during base exercise Seven aircraft launch during base exercise
Seven aircraft launch during base exercise

A KC-135 Stratotanker flies over head during an operational readiness exercise at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Aug. 22, 2014. The Wing Inspection Team-planned exercise allowed 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wing Total Force Integration units to test and evaluate their capabilities to provide responsive aerial refueling and operational support for the full range of military missions worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samantha Krolikowski/Released)
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Posted: 8/22/2014

    

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