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22ARW, 22MXS, Sheet Metal, Maintainers, Refueling Airmen, KC-135, boom skin panel

Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, cold works a KC-135 Stratotanker lower boom skin panel Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Daniel assembles and repairs parts of the KC-135 in order to help preserve the aircraft and keep it refueling the right. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

22ARW, 22MXS, Sheet Metal, Maintainers, Refueling Airmen, KC-135, boom skin panel

Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, uses a pit depth gauge Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The gauge is used to evaluate if the panel needs to be patched or filled with an aerodynamic smoothing compound. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

22ARW, 22MXS, Sheet Metal, Maintainers, Refueling Airmen, KC-135, boom skin panel

Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, sands a KC-135 Stratotanker lower boom skin panel Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Aircraft structural maintainers repair KC-135 skin panels on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

22ARW, 22MXS, Sheet Metal, Maintainers, Refueling Airmen, KC-135, boom skin panel

Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, sands a KC-135 Stratotanker lower boom skin panel Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. If the dent measurements are not exceptional, then structural maintainers repair the damaged area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

22ARW, 22MXS, Sheet Metal, Maintainers, Refueling Airmen, KC-135, boom skin panel

Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, combines resin and hardener Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The combination creates an aerodynamic smoothing compound that is applied to the skin panel after it has been sanded and cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and methyl propyl ketone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

22ARW, 22MXS, Sheet Metal, Maintainers, Refueling Airmen, KC-135, boom skin panel

Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, applies an aerodynamic smoothing compound on a KC-135 Stratotanker lower boom skin panel Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The compound hardens after an estimated 24 hours and is sanded to the original shape of the skin panel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

22ARW, 22MXS, Sheet Metal, Maintainers, Refueling Airmen, KC-135, boom skin panel

Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, smooths out an aerodynamic smoothing compound on a KC-135 Stratotanker lower boom skin panel Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Daniel covered the compound with a film, which allowed the putty to be spread evenly along the skin panel. Any air bubbles were filled with additional putty to fully repair the dent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Senior Airman Cole Daniel, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural journeyman, cold works a KC-135 Stratotanker lower boom skin panel Oct. 17, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Daniel assembles and repairs parts of the KC-135 in order to help preserve the aircraft and keep it refueling the right. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)