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Students in Undergraduate Pilot Training familiarize themselves with the KC-46 Pegasus cockpit during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The event was geared toward educating students in McConnell’s mission and the missions of the KC-135 Stratotanker and the KC-46. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marc A. Garcia)

Students in Undergraduate Pilot Training familiarize themselves with the KC-46 Pegasus cockpit during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The event was geared toward educating students in McConnell’s mission and the missions of the KC-135 Stratotanker and the KC-46. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marc A. Garcia)

Students in Undergraduate Pilot Training engage with one another and share training experiences during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The students attending the AETC Fly-In came from student squadrons at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and Columbus Air Force Base, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexi Bosarge)

Students in Undergraduate Pilot Training engage with one another and share training experiences during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The students attending the AETC Fly-In came from student squadrons at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and Columbus Air Force Base, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexi Bosarge)

Staff Sgt. Padriac Condon, 344th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, and Staff Sgt. Nicholes Mahon, 22 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, speak with 2nd Lt. Tristyn Hanson and Blake Lawrie, 71st Operations Support Squadron officers awaiting pilot training, on the importance of the pilots and maintainers relationship during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Students were able to speak with air crews while touring the KC-46 Pegasus and KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexi Bosarge)

Staff Sgt. Padriac Condon, 344th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, and Staff Sgt. Nicholes Mahon, 22 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, speak with 2nd Lt. Tristyn Hanson and Blake Lawrie, 71st Operations Support Squadron officers awaiting pilot training, on the importance of the pilots and maintainers relationship during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Students were able to speak with air crews while touring the KC-46 Pegasus and KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexi Bosarge)

Maj. Timothy Bexten, 344th Air Refueling Squadron assistant director of operations, briefs students in Undergraduate Pilot Training on the mission and abilities of the KC-46 Pegasus during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The opportunities presented in the AETC Fly-In provided students with knowledge to make educated career decisions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marc A. Garcia)

Maj. Timothy Bexten, 344th Air Refueling Squadron assistant director of operations, briefs students in Undergraduate Pilot Training on the mission and abilities of the KC-46 Pegasus during the Air Education and Training Command Fly-In Nov. 15, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The opportunities presented in the AETC Fly-In provided students with knowledge to make educated career decisions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marc A. Garcia)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. --

McConnell hosted an Air Education and Training Command Fly-In that allowed students in Undergraduate Pilot Training to further their understanding of the KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-46 Pegasus missions in Air Mobility Command Nov.15, 2019, on the flightline.

 

Undergraduate pilots flew in on training aircraft from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and Columbus Air Force Base, South Carolina, flew in on multiple Raytheon T-1 Jayhawks and T-6 Texan IIs to participate in the event.

 

While touring the aircraft, the 42 undergraduate pilots had the opportunity to speak with McConnell air crews and maintainers about the importance of the relationship between the pilots and crew chiefs based on their experience with the aircraft.

 

“The relationship between the pilots and maintainers is crucial,” said 1st Lt. Ryan Albers, 350th Air Refueling Squadron pilot. “Good relations and communication allow issues on board to be resolved quicker.”

Opportunities like the AETC Fly-In provide students in UPT the knowledge needed to make educated career decisions on which aircraft to fly while in the operational Air Force. The exposure to the KC-135 and KC-46 allowed students to gain knowledge on the air refueling mission.

 

“I was able to look at two awesome aircrafts that I could potentially fly after UPT,” said 2nd Lt. ­­­­Tristyn Hanson, 71st Operation Support Squadron student pilot, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. “There’s no telling what I want to fly but seeing the KC-46 and KC-135 definitely sparked my interest in the refueling mission.”