The eight KC-135s of the Air National Guard's 127th Air Refueling Group at Selfridge ANGB, Mich., will sport the distinctive checkerboard design long associated with military aircraft at the base, but absent since the group began flying KC-135s in 2008, announced group officials, Dec. 22, 2011. The group's commander's aircraft, shown here (left) on Dec. 20, 2011, already features the slanted checkerboard stripe—in a black and yellow paint scheme—on its fuselage. The group's other KC-135s will get the checkerboard in a more subdued black and gray paint scheme. At right, a Selfridge maintainer works on the checkerboard detailing on the commander's aircraft, Dec. 15, 2011.
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