Bosslift

Last October I was invited to participate in the Air National Guard’s “Bosslift” program which thanks employers for their support of the Guard and Reserves.  I was unable to fly due to inclement weather.  On Tuesday May 22 I joined 24 others riding in a KC-135 tanker plane to refuel F-16s.   The KC-135 flew up from Pittsburgh and we joined the previously deployed F-16s from the 174th over the southern Adirondacks. I was fortunate enough to sit by the left rear window (1 of 3 onboard the tanker) where I could see the F16s come in and rate their speed prior to pulling up under the tanker for fuel.

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In addition to checking out the cockpit we got to lay alongside the crew flying the boom for refueling the fighter.

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The tanker flew a fixed route looping over North / South / Honnedaga lakes and turning over Indian Lake.  The crew was great at providing information and answering questions.  All in all a great experience.  More pictures are viewable at http://picasaweb.google.com/mullerjim/2007_05_22BossLift

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