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  • Iowa ANG marks 20-year milestone with souped-up tanker

    Sioux City, Iowa -- “Change” in aviation has been the one constant since the Wright Flyer made its maiden voyage 120 years ago this year. A short twenty years after that first fight, two U.S. Army Air Service airplanes made history with the first air-to-air refueling.As air refueling celebrates its

  • 171st Air Refueling Wing Keeps B-2 Stealth Bomber Airborne

    CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – A Pennsylvania Air National Guard KC-135 tanker crew from the 171st Air Refueling Wing responded recently to an unexpected request for fuel from a B-2 bomber crew.The three-man crew was performing a preflight checklist on the KC-135, call sign Steel 51, preparing to depart from

  • Fairchild hones mission readiness, completes Titan Fury 23-1

    FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Airmen from the 92nd and the 141st Air Refueling Wing conducted exercise Titan Fury 23-1, Nov. 7-10.Titan Fury is a total force readiness exercise conducted to validate the training of crews and ensure Fairchild’s Airmen can provide rapid global mobility at a

  • Successful Inspection at the 171st Air Refueling Wing

    The 171st Air Refueling Wing inspection team determined the base demonstrated an exceptionally high level of knowledge and skill during the Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection on August 25 to August 28, 2022.

  • Fueling the fight - Sentry Savannah 22-1

    SAVANNAH, GA -- Three Air National Guard air refueling squadrons supported Sentry Savannah, an exercise held May 2-15th, 2022, at the Air Dominance Center, a combat readiness training center, in Savannah, Georgia.Over 30 Airmen and four aircraft from the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron, New Hampshire

  • A youth’s aviation dream is realized in the Air National Guard

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- A New Jersey Air National Guard officer’s childhood military aviation dream became a reality upon his recent graduation from the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training school at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.Second Lieutenant Kayan Slater, a 108th

  • Iowa KC-135 pilot reads for Veterans Day Story time

    Sioux Center, Iowa -- This week in honor of Veteran’s Day, Iowa Air National Guard pilot, Capt. Andrew Ter Haar was invited to be a special guest reader as part of the Sioux Center, Iowa Community Library Story Time.As a guest reader Ter Haar, who is a resident of Sioux Center, choose to read

  • Phantom 109 a KC-135 ghost story

    Sioux City, Iowa -- This story is about how a ghost story led to some pretty cool nose art on a U.S. Air Force KC-135. The ghoulish nose art on tail number 58-0109 shows a boney fingered Phantom pointing as if he is claiming his next victim. The dark character is shown sitting on a KC-135 boom wing

  • UTNG KC-135 modernizing for the future

    SALT LAKE CITY – The KC-135 Stratotanker, the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s strategic aerial refueling fleet, recently gained new capabilities that enable it to continue to carry out its mission of Global Reach and Global Power for years to come.In July 2020, the Utah Air National Guard’s 151st

  • Flying in their father's footsteps

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cody Notestine's phone rang. It was the call he had been waiting for: he had been selected to become a KC-135 pilot at the 121st Air Refueling Wing. Before he got off the phone, he was told the other selectee would be called in 10 minutes. His twin brother, Nick, was hoping to get