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First KC-135R Stratotanker retires

A KC-135R Stratotanker from the 97th Air Mobility Wing, takes off one last time, Feb. 21 from Altus AFB. The National Defense Authorization Act authorized Force Structure reduction for 16 KC-135 aircraft. Tail number 61-0312 is the first operational KC-135R to retire. The aircraft is going to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., where aircraft go to provide parts for critical supply needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Franklin R. Ramos / Released)



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This work, First KC-135R Stratotanker retires, by SrA franklin ramos, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.21.2013

Date Posted:02.25.2013 08:26

Photo ID:873378

VIRIN:130221-F-FV476-040

Resolution:2480x1330

Size:236.43 KB

Location:ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, OK, USGlobe

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