Video: Fairchild Air Force Base Goes Beyond Refueling
“In order to get where it needs to go, it needs fuel. Everything in our Air Force needs fuel. So, the air bridge capabilities that we provide allows our aircraft to transport cargo, fuel and passengers anywhere in the world anytime.” Col Matthew T. Fritz
Vice Commander, 92d Air Refueling Wing

Today I had the opportunity to spend some time with KXLY4 Reporter,  Jeff Humphrey (jeffhu@kxly.com) aboard a KC-135 at Fairchild AFB, WA for a very exciting flight to refuel F-15’s and a C-17.   The video he produced as a result was a great showcase of the fun I am very fortunate to be able to enjoy as a part of my military experience. Beyond a doubt, the opportunity to be a help lead an organization which values its human resources and technical equipment so highly is an immense honor.  Jeff helped to tell this story in a very concise, and informative, manner.  Text of his article follows:

Author:  Jeff Humphrey, KXLY4 Reporter , jeffhu@kxly.comPublished On: Jan 08 2016 06:12:01 PM PST FAIRCHILD, Wash. –  Air tankers are a common sight in the skies of Spokane, but most people never see those planes carry out their refueling missions. As you may know, Fairchild Air Force Base refuels the fighter jets that hunt down targets like ISIS. However, air tanker are also in the shipping business, helping cargo jets make deliveries in a moment’s notice. When it absolutely, positively has to be there on time, the military can speed up delivery with the help of an air tanker. Aerial refueling means a non-stop trips for C-17s. It’s called air bridging, and if the cargo jet is about to of run out of gas, it can pull in behind a Fairchild tanker for a fill up. “In order to get where it needs to go, it needs fuel. Everything in our Air Force needs fuel. So, the air bridge capabilities that we provide allows our aircraft to transport cargo, fuel and passengers anywhere in the world anytime,” said Col. Matt Fritz of Fairchild Air Force Base. Tankers can also help drag thirsty fighters across oceans and deserts. When the U.S. wants to project its power abroad aerial refueling is the quickest way to get it there. The KX-135’s ability to fuel cargo jets, fighters, even other country’s war planes makes it invaluable. That’s why even Fairchild’s nearly 59 year old tankers are still around; all thanks to the tireless work of Air Force mechanics.

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