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Don't forget your earplugs

Our KC-135R Stratotanker is prepped for takeoff from Fairchild Air Force Base Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010. We are headed to RAF Mildenhall, England, then on to Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan.
Our KC-135R Stratotanker is prepped for takeoff from Fairchild Air Force Base Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010. We are headed to RAF Mildenhall, England, then on to Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan.

The KC-135 is loaded and the deployment briefing is done.

In addition to learning how to thwart potential hijackers, earplugs were passed out. Apparently, flying in a refueling tanker is quite a bit noisier than commercial jets. It's also so cold that sleeping bags are considered necessary carry-on items.

The massive jet is being returned to the flight line at Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan after being overhauled at Fairchild. It's carrying several pallets of humanitarian supplies and fresh Fairchild crews.

First stop, however, is an overnighter at RAF Mildenhall, north of London.

 




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