Last KC-135 Stratotanker Departs Seymour Johnson AFB

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Last KC-135 Stratotanker Departs Seymour Johnson AFB

Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:57 pm

Last Stratotanker has left Seymour Johnson AFB

On 8 February 2020, past and present members of Air Force Reserve Command's 916th Air Refueling Wing (916th ARW) at Seymour Johnson AFB (NC) gathered to say goodbye to the last of their Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker fleet in a ceremony held in the 916th ARW fuel cell hangar.

Very coincidentally, it was also the 916th’s first Stratotanker tail in and last tail out. The journey of the 916th ARW and the last KC-135R began on 1 October 1995, when aircraft 60-0349 touched down at Seymour Johnson, making the Air Force Base and the 916th ARW its home for the past 24 years. To date, this particular aircraft is 58 years and 8 months old.

Also coincidentally, tail "349" was also the last Stratotanker flight for the 77th Air Refueling Squadron at Seymour Johnson on 5 December 2019. Both 916th ARW squadrons, 77th ARS "The Totin' Tigers" and 911th ARS "First in Flight", are slated to convert to the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus in 2020.
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