Shield of Air Force Reserve Command
The first F-35 Lightning II of the 33rd Fighter Wing arriving at Eglin AFB
A KC-135R refuels an F-15 Eagle
An Air Force RQ-4 strategic reconnaissance aircraft
A KC-135R refuels an F-15C Eagle
An Air Force KC-46 Pegasus refuels a C-17A Globemaster III
A KC-135A refueling a B-52D during the Cold War. Both aircraft types were operated by the Strategic Air Command.
An Air Force A-10 demonstrating close air support at Nellis AFB
On 11 November 1957, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff General Curtis LeMay tested the first KC-135 on a long-haul flight from Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts to Buenos Aires, Argentine.
Test launch of a LGM-30 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg AFB
A nose-on view of several re-engined KC-135R aircraft taxiing prior to takeoff. The new engines are CFM56-2 high-bypass turbofans.
Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base
Flight deck of KC-135R; instrument panel has been modified under the Pacer-CRAG program
Roundels that have appeared on U.S. military aircraft
1.) 5/1917–2/1918
2.) 2/1918–8/1919
3.) 8/1919–5/1942
4.) 5/1942–6/1943
5.) 6/1943–9/1943
6.) 9/1943–1/1947
7.) 1/1947–
Block 45 glass cockpit
The SR-71 Blackbird was a Cold War reconnaissance plane.
Cutaway of the Flight Refueling Limited Mk.32B Refueling Pod
The F-117 Nighthawk was a stealth attack aircraft (retired from service in April 2008).
USAF KC-135R boom operator view from boom pod
A row of Douglas C-54 Skymasters during the Berlin Airlift in 1949
An F-15 backs out after refueling from a KC-135R.
Various Air Force personnel pose during the Air Force's 74th birthday celebration at the Pentagon, September 17, 2021.
KC-135 winglet flight tests at Armstrong Flight Research Center.
Organization of the United States Air Force within the Department of Defense
KC-135Rs at twilight on the flight line
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View from the boom operator's hatch as a F-35 takes on fuel from a KC-135 of the 912d ARS
Pararescuemen and a simulated "survivor" watch as an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter comes in for a landing
Active KC-135 aircraft liveries
U.S. Air Force trainee demonstrating a butt stroke on a strike dummy as part of Basic Military Training.
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (code 62–3567) of the Turkish Air Force arrives at the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo, England
USAF Airmen training at Lackland AFB
Turkish KC-135R Stratotanker nicknamed Asena.
A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft
Six KC-135 Stratotankers demonstrate the elephant walk formation.
B-2 Spirit stealth bomber
Cargo door of a USAF KC-135 of the 452d AMW at March Air Reserve Base
A C-17 Globemaster III, the USAF's newest and most versatile transport plane
64 ARS and 157 ARW personnel working on a KC-135R at Pease ANGB in September 2013
E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system
Tail of an Air Force Reserve Command KC-135R tanker showing refueling boom
F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter
Boom-drogue adapter refueling a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet
KC-10 Extender tri-jet air-to-air tanker
An MC-12W Liberty at Beale AFB
MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle
Lockheed U-2 spy plane
RQ-170 Sentinel stealth unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance aircraft
VC-25A (Air Force One)
A WC-130J Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
An unarmed Minuteman III ICBM shoots out of the silo during an operational test launch

The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force, with its headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

- Air Force Reserve Command

The KC-135 entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957; it is one of nine military fixed-wing aircraft with over 60 years of continuous service with its original operator.

- Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

It has a $156.3 billion budget and is the second largest service branch, with 329,614 active duty airmen, 172,857 civilian personnel, 69,056 reserve airmen, and 107,414 Air National Guard airmen.

- United States Air Force

In the 1980s, the first modification program retrofitted 157 Air Force Reserve (AFRES) and Air National Guard (ANG) tankers with the Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102 turbofan engines from 707 airliners retired in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

- Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

AFRC also provides aerial refueling capability with aircrews operating AMC KC-10 Extenders in associate units and KC-135 Stratotankers in both associate and Air Reserve Component air mobility wings, air refueling wings and air refueling groups.

- Air Force Reserve Command

KC-135R and KC-135T Stratotanker

- United States Air Force
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A United States Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon

McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender

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A United States Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon
A United States Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon
An early KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels a C-5 Galaxy in 1980. Both aircraft are wearing liveries typical of that era.
The KC-10's mixed refueling system of hose-and-drogue and flying-boom allows it to refuel the aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and allied forces.
A USAF KC-10 Extender after being refueled by another KC-10
A US Navy F-14D and two F/A-18Cs prepare to refuel from a KC-10 in 2005 over the Persian Gulf.
A KC-10 Extender of Travis AFB approaching a second KC-10 for refuelling over the Pacific Ocean, 2017
The second Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 with landing gear down
Omega's KDC-10 tanker in March 2009
A KC-10 (right foreground) and C-17 (left background) at Avalon Airport, Australia, for the 2005 Australian International Airshow
A KC-10 from Travis AFB taking off from RAF Mildenhall

The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is an American aerial refueling tanker aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF).

It was developed to supplement the KC-135 Stratotanker following experiences in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Air Force Reserve Command

Three Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers sit on the flight-line at Barksdale Air Force Base during 2012.

Barksdale Air Force Base

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Three Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers sit on the flight-line at Barksdale Air Force Base during 2012.
Three Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers sit on the flight-line at Barksdale Air Force Base during 2012.
Entrance to Barksdale Air Force Base
91 SRW North American RB-45C Tornado AF Ser. No. 48-0039 being refueled by a 91 SRW Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress AF Ser. No. 44-83927 (in KB-29P configuration)
Boeing B-47A Stratojet AF Serial No. 49-1902 refueled by Boeing KC-97
Boeing EB-47E Stratojet in markings of the 376th Bombardment Wing
Boeing B-52H-160-BW of the 20th Bomb Squadron
Space Shuttle Discovery stops at Barksdale on its way to the Kennedy Space Center
B-52s and Tu-95s together on the tarmac at Barksdale during the May 1992 Russian visit
B-52H bomber at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Boeing B-52H-165-BW Stratofortress AF Serial No. 61-0008 of the 93rd Bomb Squadron (AFRC) takes off on a unique mission with new equipment, 7 April 2003. The mission they are preparing for will be the first "real world" mission where a Lightning 2 Pod is used for laser-guided bomb delivery. The base at which the aircrew is deployed is currently the home of the 457th Air Expeditionary Group, which has been positioned to support Operation Iraqi Freedom
Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II AF Serial No. 80-0155 of the 47th Fighter Squadron (AFRC), based at Barksdale. This aircraft was retired to AMARG on 4 December 2001, then returned to service
25th AS, Lt Barksdale pictured (bottom row, 2nd from left)
25th AS, Lt Barksdale pictured (fourth from right, back row)
Lt Barksdale, date unknown
Lt Barksdale, date unknown
Lt Barksdale, date unknown

Barksdale Air Force Base (Barksdale AFB) is a United States Air Force base in northwest Louisiana, United States, in Bossier Parish.

Equipped with about 44 B-52H Stratofortress bombers, 2 BW provides flexible, responsive global combat capability and trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve Command Boeing B-52 Stratofortress crews.

Following the transfer 301st and 378th Bomb Wings in 1957 and 1958 respectively, Barksdale was slated to receive Boeing's newest pair of strategic aircraft: the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

Shield of the Air National Guard which portrays two jet aircraft and the 1874 The Minute Man sculpture

Air National Guard

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Shield of the Air National Guard which portrays two jet aircraft and the 1874 The Minute Man sculpture
A Galludet Tractor biplane which the New York National Guard aviators rented in 1915
Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, Missouri National Guard, and members of his National Guard unit, 110th Observation Squadron, after he flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Following a devastating blizzard in 1949, Colorado ANG C-47s dropped hay to stranded and starving livestock throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Altogether the Colorado Air Guardsmen flew 17 such missions dropping tons of hay that saved thousands of cattle and wildlife. Colorado ANG F-51s and A-26s also flew 10 reconnaissance missions during that emergency, 29 January 1949.
Captain John McMahn and Sergeant White, of the 182nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron, Texas Air National Guard, close out flight records at Taegu AB (K-2), South Korea, following their F-84E Thunderjet becoming the first such aircraft to complete 1,000 flying hours, 1952
An Air National Guard Lockheed F-104A-25-LO Starfighter (AF Ser. No. 56-0863) from the 157th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, at McEntire Air National Guard Base, South Carolina
F-84F Thunderstreaks of the 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 131st Tactical Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, Toul Air Base, France – Deployed as a result of the Berlin Crisis 1961/62
An F-104A Starfighter interceptor from the 157th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, being loaded aboard a C-124 Globemaster II for shipment to Europe during the Berlin crisis, 1961
A ground crew preparing an F-100 of the Colorado Air National Guard's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron for combat missions at Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam, 1968
A Lockheed EC-121S Coronet Solo from the 193rd Tactical Electric Warfare Group, Pennsylvania Air National Guard
110th Tactical Fighter Squadron McDonnell F-4C-23-MC Phantom II, AF Ser. No. 64-0749, of the Missouri ANG at Lambert Field ANGB, St Louis, MO, 1980
A-7 Corsair II aircraft of the Iowa ANG and South Dakota ANG flying near RAF Waddington, UK. These aircraft were deployed to the United Kingdom from 21 August to 12 September 1979 for NATO Exercise CORONET STALLION.
A New York Air National Guard F-16 pilot from the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, 138th Tactical Fighter Squadron, preparing to take-off on a combat mission from a Saudi Arabian base during Operation Desert Storm, 1991
A Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (AF Ser. No. 78-0652) from the 138th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard
An Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 104th Fighter Group, Massachusetts Air National Guard, taxis on the runway at Aviano Air Base, Italy to take off for NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs, 6 September 1995
Emblem of the 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard. Used at Balad Air Base during Operation Iraqi Freedom
An F-15C Eagle from 102nd Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, flies a combat air patrol over New York City as part of Operation Noble Eagle. F-15s from the 102nd were the first to arrive on scene over the World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
F-16s of the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, flying a combat air patrol over Washington, DC, and the Pentagon in Operation Noble Eagle, November 2001
Personnel assigned to the 321st Air Expeditionary Squadron offloading supplies from a C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 187th Airlift Squadron, 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, at Kandahar, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom
Paktia Province, Afghanistan, 4 March 2002, Technical Sergeant Keary Miller of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, not only managed to drag a wounded helicopter pilot to safety at Taka Ghur, but also orchestrated the establishment of multiple casualty collection points. In between treating the wounded, Miller set up the distribution of ammunition for the Army Rangers who were taking the fight to the enemy. For his extraordinary life-saving efforts while putting himself in extreme danger under enemy fire, Sergeant Miller was awarded the Silver Star. (Keith Rocco, The Battle of Takur Ghar, National Guard Heritage Painting.)
Munitions personnel from the 160th Fighter Squadron, 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, assigned to the 410th Air Expeditionary Wing at a forward deployed location work on guided munitions on the pylon of one of their F-16C Fighting Falcons. The Falcon has an AIM-120A Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missile fixed to the wing tip. The 410th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares the aircraft for take off for sorties on A-Day, the commencement of the air war for Operation Iraqi Freedom, 19 March 2003.
Commando Solo EC-130E from the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, sits on the ramp at undisclosed location during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in late 2005
A C-130E Hercules cargo aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard,
rigged with a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) making a Phos-Chek fire retardant drop on the Simi Fire in Southern California, 28 October 2003
Members of the Indiana Air National Guard participating in an emergency operation after recent flooding in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1 March 1982
LC-130Hs equipped with landing skis, operated by the 139th Airlift Squadron, 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, parked on the ice pack at McMurdo Station at Ross Island in Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze 2001. The unit operates six LC-130s between Christchurch, New Zealand, and a number of U.S. National Science Foundation stations located on the Antarctic ice pack, 5 November 2001. (Photographer: MSgt Joe Cupido, Air Force photo)
U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, conducts a transition of responsibility order for newly promoted Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon July 28, 2020.

The Air National Guard (ANG), also known as the Air Guard, is a federal military reserve force of the United States Air Force, as well as the air militia of each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Like the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), the ANG is often described as a "reserve" force of "part-time airmen," although the demands of maintaining modern aircraft mean that many AFRC and ANG members work full-time, either as full-time Air Reserve Technicians (ART) or Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) personnel.

The Georgia Air National Guard and the Kansas Air National Guard previously flew the B-1B Lancer prior to converting to the E-8 Joint STARS and KC-135R Stratotanker, respectively.