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McConnell first to use modified hydraulic portable test stand on KC-46

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Tech. Sgt. Matthew Stewart, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, watches an air bleed tube sight on a hydraulic portable test stand Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The tube sight provides a visual indication of when the operator needs to initially release air from the system, preventing damage to the stand and the aircraft. This is the first time the newly modified test stand has been used on a KC-46A Pegasus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Staff Sgt. Lenzy Lewis, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment craftsman, observes the interior of a newly modified hydraulic portable test stand Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The stand has been equipped with new parts and flow regulators needed to efficiently provide pressure to the KC-46A Pegasus, allowing Airmen to test the flight controls while the aircraft is immobile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Master Sgt. Joel Trevino, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment production superintendent, oversees the operation of a newly modified hydraulic portable test stand during a KC-46A Pegasus flight control test Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Trevino is currently creating operating guidelines for future use, teaching several KC-46 technicians, across the Air Force, how to effectively use the stand. McConnell was the first to connect and operate the equipment with the KC-46. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Senior Airman Steven Stott, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic journeyman, connects a hose from a newly modified hydraulic portable test stand to a KC-46A Pegasus’ external hydraulic pressure connection Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. While testing the stand, maintenance Airmen were successfully able to filter the aircraft’s hydraulic system and ensure the flight controls operated properly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Tech. Sgt. Matthew Stewart, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, watches an air bleed tube sight on a hydraulic portable test stand Jan. 7, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The tube sight provides a visual indication of when the operator needs to initially release air from the system, preventing damage to the stand and the aircraft. This is the first time the newly modified test stand has been used on a KC-46A Pegasus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)