A wide angle look out the boom pod of a KC 135 on to a B-52 Stratofortress. On the right hand side of the window are wires and cables


Crew Chiefs keep KC-135R Stratotankers at a high level of performance

Airman Kevin O'Reilly, a Crew Chief assigned to U.S. Air Force aircraft 80104, a KC-135R Stratotanker, replaces an inline pressure guage after adjusting the nitrogen pressure on a new nose gear tire. Airman O'Reilly, from Laingsburg, Mich., is assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, an active duty Air Force unit that is associated with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois National Guard, at Scot AFB, Ill. Crew chiefs perform and oversee everyday maintenance to aircraft. They recover and inspect aircraft after a flight, change tires and brakes, service engine oil and hydraulic fluid, and execute numerous inspections. They ensure an aircraft is safe and reliable. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

PHOTO BY: Master Sgt. Ken Stephens
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