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22nd MXS performs gear swing on KC-46

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Master Sgt. Noah Briggs, 22nd Maintenance Squadron jack supervisor, sets headphone frequencies in preparation of lifting a KC-46A Pegasus Aug. 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This position requires the lead to communicate directions to the jack team while ensuring their safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Senior Airman Kase McMullen, 22nd Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation journeyman, rotates a ram lock on a KC-46A Pegasus jack Aug. 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. McMullin prepared the nose stabilizer jack by rotating the ram lock, which acts as a safety mechanism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Pressure gauges are located on the KC-46A Pegasus jacks to provide a visual guide for maintainers to ensure the equipment is within safe parameters for use Aug. 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Airmen assigned to the 22nd Maintenance Squadron, jack a KC-46A Pegasus Aug. 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Two Airmen were assigned to each KC-46 jack. One was responsible to watch and regulate the pressure, while the other maneuvered the ram lock, which ensures the aircraft does not descend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Airman Dakota Madlin, 931st Maintenance Squadron crew chief, oversees the jack team Aug. 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. During the jacking, Madlin was responsible for reporting if the aircraft moved out of its specified parameters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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A KC-46A Pegasus sits suspended in a hangar Aug. 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Eight maintainers performed a full aircraft jack to prepare the aircraft for a landing gear swing during maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Airman 1st Class Joshua Theus, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aero repair journeyman, removes main landing gear lock pins Aug. 9, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. During the swing, maintainers timed each gear to ensure that they were within the allowable timed limits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Staff Sgt. Jeffery Stiff, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aero repair craftsman, and Senior Airman Keyonna Davis, 22nd MXS aero repair journeyman, lower a KC-46A Pegasus’ landing gear Aug. 9, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Aero repair and maintenance inspection Airmen used the first gear swing and jacking as a hands-on training opportunity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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KC-46A Pegasus nose landing gear is suspended while Airman 1st Class Joshua Theus, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aero repair journeyman, closes the main landing gear door Aug. 9, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This was the first time McConnell has jacked and performed a gear swing on the new aircraft. It also provided hands-on training for the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Senior Airman Juan Garza, 22nd Maintenance Squadron KC-46A Pegasus maintenance inspection journeyman, times the ascension of a KC-46’s main landing gear Aug. 9, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Airmen were assigned to each gear and timed the functioning time of the gear and doors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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A KC-46A Pegasus is suspended in air with landing gear retracted Aug. 9, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Lifting the aircraft enables maintainers to observe the main and nose landing gears retract and extend in a simulated in-flight environment. This was the first gear swing and full aircraft jack that McConnell has performed on the new airframe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Master Sgt. Noah Briggs, 22nd Maintenance Squadron jack supervisor, sets headphone frequencies in preparation of lifting a KC-46A Pegasus Aug. 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This position requires the lead to communicate directions to the jack team while ensuring their safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)