On Thursday, staff photojournalist Dan Pelle and reporter Amy Cannata boarded a Fairchild Air Force Base KC-135 air refueling tanker and headed to the Arizona-New Mexico boarder to observe the refueling of seven U.S. Air force Thunderbird F- 16’s. People who see the inside of a KC-135 for the first time are usually shocked the lack of creature comforts. The in flight temperature runs the gamut from sweaty hot to ice cold. The seats are mesh racks that fold down from the inner walls of the aircraft. It is so loud you have to wear earplugs. For photojournalist Dan Pelle, a veteran of these types of flights, the excitement is still there.
“It was a double treat for me on this day because it was my birthday (age 47). I don’t know how many people get to photograph such a wonderful sight at 5000 feet, said Pelle.