Welcome to this episode of Lessons from the Cockpit!
Air refueling does not happen without the KC-135 or KC-10 Boom Operator being in the Boom Pod of the tanker, flying the big Boom connecting with receiver aircraft. These Enlisted heroes are what make air refueling possible. On today’s show, our Chief Boom Operator from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base Chief Master Sergeant Dan Jones shares his lessons of teamwork, innovation, and Esprit de Corps with us while flying some of the most intense and memorable missions of our lives in the 1990s. When he and I look back at this assignment, both of us agreed it was the best of our careers! And I took thousands of pictures with my camera from the cockpit.
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