The 22nd Expeditionary Air Refuelling Squadron (EARS) reached a milestone of 25,000 refuelling missions on May 4th, 2012, according to the U.S. Air Force. To general knowledge, the 22nd EARS is a provisional unit which engages in combat as a part of the war against terrorism.
The 25,000th mission took place somewhere over Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia). Capt. Tanya Dubiel (pilot) was involved in the landmark operation:
I think it’s a really proud day for our unit; we’ve accomplished a lot, (…) This crew was specifically chosen (for this mission), and I think it says a lot about our crew. We’re young, but highly capable of performing the mission and doing it well: Tanya Dubiel.
The unit uses the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker to extend the range and endurance of US tactical fighters and bombers. This aircraft has a crew of 3 and a capacity for 37 passengers. The passenger and cargo deck is located above the fuselage mounted tanks.
Cool! isn’t it?
May 5th, 2012.