McConnell tankers expand Thunderbirds reach

Maj. Nate Hofmann, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron Right Wing pilot, breaks away from the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker operated by an aircrew from the 931st Air Refueling Wing, Feb. 16, 2018. To travel nationwide, the demonstration squadron's F-16s require multiple refuelings in order to make non-stop, long-distance flights. Fortunately, the KC-135 Stratotanker serves as a flying gas station with the capability of quickly offloading thousands of gallons of fuel mid-flight, allowing receiving aircraft to continue flying instead of landing to refuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

PHOTO BY: Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein
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