YOU SEE THEM IN THE SKIES OF SPOKANE ALL THE TIME.
BUT WHO'S INSIDE THOSE GRAY AIR TANKERS AND WHAT DO
FAIRCHILD'S NEW WING COMMANDER WANTS YOU TO KNOW THE
ANSWERS AND TODAY INVITED KXLY4 NEWS ALONG ON A TRAINING
OUR JEFF HUMPHREY BRINGS US UP TO SPEED ON FAIRCHILD'S
GROWING ROLE IN OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
if you're ever lucky enough to go up on a tanker mission
it will probably blow your mind.
to deliberately, yet safely get two planes so close
together is a testament to the skills of our air crews.
WHEN FAIRCHILD'S AIRCREW'S DEPLOY OVER SEAS THEIR
NEW HOME AWAY FROM HOME IS QATAR.
IT'S WHERE AERIAL REFUELING MISSIONS HELP THE FIGHT
AGAINST GROUPS LIKE ISIS.
RYAN SAMUELSON/FAIRCHILD WING COMMANDER having just
come from deployment overseas, i can tell you that
it is our tankers that allows us to have coverage
24/7 over that battlefield.
for both our allies and our u-s partners 01;23
FAIRCHILD'S NEW WING COMMANDER SAYS AS OUR ENEMIES
BECOME MORE ELUSIVE.
OPERATING OUT OF SEVERAL COUNTRIES...FIGHTERS AND
BOMBERS NEED MORE TIME TO FIND THEIR TARGETS.
TANKERS GIVE WAR PLANES THE LUXURY OF LOITERING OVER
RYAN SAMUELSON/ FAIRCHILD AFB 00;49 and you can't
deliver agile combat support anywhere in the world
without air refueling.
it's is absolutely the backbone of our force.
it is what makes our force operational 00;57
FAIRCHILD TRAINS LIKE IT FIGHTS.
REFUELING THE CARGO JETS THAT CAN DELIVER TROOPS,
ARMOR AND SUPPLIES HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT
SENIOR AIRMAN TIM WEBER/ FAIRCHILD AFB 01;01 before
the tanker came around in 1956, planes were actually
disassembled, shipped and then reassembled where they
were going to be implemented.
the tanker bridges that gap for the receivers get
to where they need to be and complete their mission
AFTER MORE THAN 120 COMBAT MISSIONS SENIOR AIRMAN
TIM WEBER IS RETIRING FROM HIS BOOM OPERATOR DUTIES.
THIS IS HIS LAST FLIGHT BUT HE'LL NEVER FORGET HOW
DELIVERING FUEL ON TIME AND ON TARGET, HELPED SAVE
SOLDIER'S LIVES ON THE GROUND.
tim weber/fairchild afb 00;22 well without tankers,the
fighters don't have enough gas.
they would just be on station for about an hour and
have to return to base so they wouldn't be an effective
tool on the battlefield if there weren't tankers out
there refueling them 00;34
the need for our air tankers is not slowing down.
last year aerial refueling over southwest asia set
a new record and fairchild aircrews were right in
the middle of it