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First KC-135 to KC-46 Refueling Sortie

22 ARW, KC-46, KC-135, Pegasus, Stratotanker

A KC-46A Pegasus from McConnell Air Force Base approaches to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The KC-135 has provided the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force for more than 60 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

22 ARW, KC-46, KC-135, Refueling

Senior Airman Madison Dolata, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares to refuel a KC-46A Pegasus during a sortie April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The sortie marked McConnnell Air Force Base’s first air refueling of a KC-46 by a KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

22 ARW, KC-46, KC-135, Pegasus, Stratotanker

A KC-46A Pegasus from McConnell Air Force Base maneuvers into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The KC-135 can transfer a maximum load of 200,000 pounds of fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

22 ARW, KC-46, KC-135, Pegasus, Stratotanker

Senior Airman Madison Dolata manipulates controls in the KC-135 Stratotanker’s boom pod while refueling a KC-46A Pegasus April 8, 2019, over Kansas. Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the flying boom, the KC-135's primary fuel transfer method. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

22 ARW, KC-46, KC-135, Pegasus, Stratotanker

Senior Airman Garrett Tholken, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, observes SrA Madison Dolata, 349th ARS boom operator, during the refueling of a KC-46A Pegasus April 8, 2019, over Kansas. Dolata is the first McConnell Airman to refuel the KC-46. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- A KC-46A Pegasus from McConnell Air Force Base approaches to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The KC-135 has provided the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force for more than 60 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)