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U.S. Air Force photo/ Col. Matthew T. FritzU.S. Air Force photo/ Col. Matthew T. Fritz
U.S. Air Force photo/ Col. Matthew T. Fritz

A rainbow arcs over the flight line Nov. 8th, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
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Posted: 11/9/2015

U.S. Air Force photo/ Col. Matthew T. FritzU.S. Air Force photo/ Col. Matthew T. Fritz
U.S. Air Force photo/ Col. Matthew T. Fritz

A rainbow arcs over the flight line Nov. 8th, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
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Posted: 11/9/2015

Fairchild rocks the block 45 upgradeFairchild rocks the block 45 upgrade
Fairchild rocks the block 45 upgrade

A KC-135 Stratotanker parks on the flight line after a refueling flight Oct. 23, 2015 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. This Fairchild aircraft was the first of 22 airframes to be modified with an upgraded instrument panel. The upgrade keeps the aircraft modernized and extends their utilization. The KC-135’s principal mission is air refueling support to U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and aircraft of allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samantha Krolikowski)
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Posted: 10/28/2015

Fairchild rocks the block 45 upgradeFairchild rocks the block 45 upgrade
Fairchild rocks the block 45 upgrade

A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis to its spot number after a refueling flight Oct. 23, 2015 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. This particular aircraft was the first of 22 projected Block- 45 aircraft scheduled to be part of Fairchild’s fleet by fiscal year 2022. The Block 45 upgrade addresses critical aircraft equipment and safety of flight issues including a new auto pilot, a new radio altimeter and an LCD screen that replaces analog gauges and makes other minor changes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samantha Krolikowski)
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Posted: 10/28/2015

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

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

    

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