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  • 22nd MXS Airmen perform KC-46 gear swing

    A KC-46A Pegasus sits suspended in a hangar Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Maintener Airmen performed a full aircraft jack to prepare the jet for a landing gear swing during maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)
  • Hydraulic systems Airmen service KC-46

    Senior Airman Ryan Fugit and Senior Airman Steven Scott, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic journeymen, drain skydrol, specialized hydraulic fluid, from a KC-46A Pegasus’ center hydraulic system reservoir Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The skydrol was drained into a 55-gallon drum to flush contaminated liquid after a
  • McConnell first to use modified hydraulic portable test stand on KC-46

    Tech. Sgt. Matthew Stewart, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, watches an air bleed tube sight on a hydraulic portable test stand Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The tube sight provides a visual indication of when the operator needs to initially release air from the system, preventing damage to the
  • Fear of failure: Beyond the Blue

    As he stood in front of hundreds during his promotion ceremony in December 2017, Senior Master Sgt. Alan Gage, currently the 22nd Maintenance Squadron flight superintendent, had finally obtained his dream. He would now be in a position to give back to the men and women he served with.
  • Chapel’s stocking drop

    Capt. Jason Rupp, 22nd Wing Staff Agencies chaplain, carries holiday stockings to the Airmen in the dorms Dec. 22, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The stockings included items aimed to help with spiritual and mental resiliency for Airmen to use throughout the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)
  • Giving back: McConnell’s first virtual Angel Tree

    After a year of unexpected hardships and the holidays fast approaching, Staff Sgt. Bradlee Brown, 22nd Force Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of community commons, found a way to bring holiday cheer to families of Sedgwick County through McConnell's very first virtual Angel Tree.
  • Superior air power in adverse conditions

    McConnell KC-135 Stratotanker air crews enhanced deterrence capabilities in the arctic Sept. 20-23, 2020, by supplying fuel to F-22 Raptors assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
  • Drunk-Driving Prevention Month

    (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)
  • KC-135 de-icing: The frosty refueler

    Airman 1st Class Chase Stringer from the 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, de-ice's a KC-135 Statotanker using Global GL 1800 de-ice trucks Dec. 3, 2020 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Airmen spray the aircraft with chemicals that remove ice as well as prevent ice from forming during flight to ensure free movements of
  • KC-135 crew chiefs operate during isochronal inspection

    Staff Sgt. Brandon Thompson, 22nd Maintenance Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker crew chief, removes screws from a KC-135 upper outward aileron lockout panel during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Isochronal inspections, taking place every two years, allow maintainers to thoroughly examine the internal and