A Maine Air National Guard team flew the last of the Air Force's E model KC-135 tankers from the 101st Air Refueling Wing at Bangor to Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., where the 50-plus-year-old aircraft will serve as a parts supplier for the remaining Eisenhower-era tankers in the fleet. Aircraft No. 56-3630 has spent the past 20 years with the Maine Air Guard, and, in its heyday, it set a speed record, flying from New York to London and back in 12 hours. Here, the tanker lands on Sept. 23, 2009, at Davis-Monthan, home to the service's famous "boneyard"—run by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. In the middle photo, Col. John Thomas, commander of ANG's 101st Maintenance Group, signs the venerable tanker after it landed at Davis-Monthan. In the bottom photo, Col. Peter Hofelich (right), commander of the 355th Maintenance Group at Davis-Monthan, shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Christian Lawlor, with ANG's 101st ARW, after Lawlor landed the last KC-135E at Davis-Monthan.
US Air Force photos by Amn. Jerilyn Quintanilla
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