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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