Tag: Fairchild Air Force Base

Boeing is close to shut down KC-46A assembly line due to tools and debris found inside completed aircraft
Last month Offutt AFB evacuated eight RC-135 Rivet Joints and one E-4B Doomsday plane after the base and the surrounding areas affected by flood waters. McConnell Air Force Base officials ordered the evacuation of 13 aircraft, including 3 KC-46A tankers, as a precaution due to the possibility of severe weather impacting the Wichita...
Remembering Shell 77, the KC-135 tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan while it was departing for combat aerial refueling mission
Shell 77 crew encountered a condition they had not realistically experienced in training, which left them with an unrecognized hazardous situation that was difficult to overcome. On May 3, 2013, a KC-135R, call sign Shell 77, crashed in the foothills of mountains located six miles south of Chaldovar, Kyrgyz Republic. The...
The story of Bud Holland, the Rogue Pilot that crashed his B-52 after having maneuvered it beyond its operational limits at low altitude
"Apparently Bud Holland fancied himself the best B-52 pilot who ever lived and took pride in displaying his prowess in inappropriate, irresponsible ways," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey and Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey Volume...
61-year-old KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refuels newest USAF fighters
No matter how deadly, the F-35 couldn’t go anywhere or complete any mission without regular fuel-ups from the gas-station-in-the-sky KC-135 Stratotanker Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB) KC-135 Stratotanker was hard at work refueling six of the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighters, the F-35A Lightning II, over the Pacific Northwest on Oct. 17, 2017. As explained by Senior Airman Janelle Patiño,...
The KC-135 Stratotankers are currently scheduled to transfer from McConnell AFB, Kansas, in fiscal year 2020, as McConnell AFB is slated to receive the KC-46A Pegasus On Jun. 5, 2017 the U.S. Air Force (USAF) officials announced Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB), Washington, as the preferred location for basing 12 KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, and MacDill AFB, Florida, as the reasonable...
The ruddevator torque tube was rotating within the bell crank, creating a lot of movement that shouldn’t have been there As explained by Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell, 92d Air Refueling Wing in his article Fairchild hydraulics Airmen correct 60-year-old KC-135 maintenance flaw, this spring, Airmen from the 92nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics shop at Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB), WA,...

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