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    Today in Air Force History

    Not without a tanker...

    On May 31, 1967, while piloting a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Gulf of Tonkin, Maj. John H. Casteel and crew from the 902nd Air Refueling Squadron carried out a series of emergency refuelings that saved six fuel-starved Navy fighters. It was the first multiple air refueling between a KC-135 and a Navy A-3 Skywarrior tanker which simultaneously refueled a Navy F-8 Crusader under emergency fuel shortages and combat conditions. The action earned Major Casteel and his crew the Mackay Trophy for meritorious flight achievement. They were the first Strategic Air Command tanker crew to win.

    Major Casteel and crew: Capt Dean L. Hoar, Capt. Richard Trail, and Master Sgt. Nathan C. Campbell from the 902nd ARS at Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base, Okla., performed a tri-level refueling engagement. The crew was credited with eight aircraft saves that day.
    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123151531

    Now tell me the KC-135 isn't a badass airplane, and SAC didn't have the best crewdogs in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post
    Not without a tanker...



    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123151531

    Now tell me the KC-135 isn't a badass airplane, and SAC didn't have the best crewdogs in the world.
    Hear Hear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post

    Now tell me the KC-135 used to be a badass airplane
    FIFY

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    Come over here so I can hit you with my cane, you AMC Weenie!

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    Hey now! Don't hate because we're so much more capable!

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    Show some respect to your elders - remember, we were Gods - we made water burn!

    But seriously, are you in the 305th AMW at McG? Because you know, back in the olden days, that was my old wing, the 305th Air Refueling Wing, at Grissom.

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    GREAT story and thank you for the forward!
    Gotta say though, I don't miss the O.R.I's!!
    John Schneider, Sgt. USAF 380th FMS (S.A.C.), 1973-1977
    (KC-135's and FB-111A's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post
    Show some respect to your elders - remember, we were Gods - we made water burn!

    But seriously, are you in the 305th AMW at McG? Because you know, back in the olden days, that was my old wing, the 305th Air Refueling Wing, at Grissom.
    Haha... Yep the 305th AMW is at McGuire; didn't Grissom used to be the 305th ARW - very cool!
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