Luke F-35s gas up on the fly

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Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Fueling Wing, refuels an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, April 17 over Colorado. The KC-135 along with eight F-35s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st FS and the 308th FS participated in a refueling mission as the F-35s traveled to the Air Force Academy for a flyover. The flyover showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. (Photos by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder A KC-135)
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Maj. Britton Bates, 197th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, conducts a preflight checklist April 17, at the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Refueling Wing. Bates flew a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 161st ARW over Colorado to refuel eight F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st Fighter Squadron and the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. The 161st ARW refueled the F-35s, enabling the fighters to perform a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Seven F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 63rd, 61st and 308th fighter squadrons at Luke Air Force Base, line up in formation over Colorado. Eight F-35s performed a fly-over at the U.S. Air Force Academy in honor of the graduating class of 2020. Luke AFB exhibits the importance of teamwork between units, bases and military branches to execute the mission.
Staff Sgt. Kevin Gimenez, 197th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, guides a boom while refueling an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing April 17, over Colorado. While riding in a KC-135 Stratotanker, boom operators pump thousands of pounds of fuel into aircraft throughout flight.
An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flies next to a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona National Guard, 161st Air Refueling Wing April 17 over the Colorado Rockies. The mission showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the 2020 class.
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