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KC-135 de-icing: The frosty refueler

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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 all parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Members of the 22nd maintenance Squadron de-ice the wings of a KC-135 Statotanker by using Global GL 1800 de-icing trucks Dec. 3, 2020 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The de-icing trucks are capable of holding 1,640 gallons of de-icing fluid and 165 gallons of anti-ice, sprayed separately on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class)

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Members of the 22nd Maintenance Squadron clear ice from a KC-135 Stratotanker before flight Dec. 3 2020 at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. De-icing must happen pre-flight in order to prevent ice buildup on the wings. Ice increases drag on the aircraft requiring significantly more power to maintain airspeed and altitude.( U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Zachary Willis)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- 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 all parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Zachary Willis)