By Senior Airman Mark Hybers, 507th Air Refueling Wing, Public Affairs
/ Published January 16, 2013
An E-3 Sentry moves to within 50 feet of a KC-135 from the 507 ARW recently as the two planes prepare for an aerial refueling over the cloudy skies of St. Louis.
The boom on a 507th Air Refueling Wing’s KC-135 Stratotanker is at the ready as an E-3 Sentry from the 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron prepares to gain elevation in order to start an aerial refueling training mission over the cloudy skies of St. Louis.
465th Air Refueling Squadron Boom Operator, Jeff Bass, intensely focuses on the E-3 AWACS moving back and forth less than 50 feet from the tail of a KC-135. Bass coordinates the aerial refueling for more than one-hour and forty minutes as pilots of both planes rely on his skill to the planes safe while off-loading 50,000 gallons of fuel.