Concord CAP Cadets Fly With NHANG

On 2 Aug 12, in News, by Lt Col Darin Ninness
Cadets on the KC-135

Cadets on the KC-135

Fourteen cadets and officers from Concord’s Civil Air Patrol took to the skies from Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth this past week aboard an KC-135 refueling jet.

About once a year, CAP cadets from Concord get an opportunity to fly in the sleek 1950s vintage refueling planes flown by the 157th Refueling Wing based at Pease.   The fourteen, led by squadron deputy commander for seniors Maj Sandy Riis, had an early departure from Concord to arrive in time for the scheduled mission briefing and take off time.

Once airborne, however, cadets and officers alike were treated to the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with the refueling jet’s receiving aircraft from the “boom pod” of the Boeing Stratotanker.

A Dover AFB-based C-17 takes on gas over New England

A Dover AFB-based C-17 takes on gas over New England

Streaking across the sky at over 400 mph, CAP members watched the delicate aerial ballet known as “aerial refueling” as a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft from Dover AFB in Delaware slowly approached below and behind the New Hampshire-based tanker jet.  

Gently as you please, the boom operator plugged the tanker’s refueling nozzle into the receptacle on the C-17 and gallons of precious jet fuel began to flow between the two planes.  The cadets could see the crew of the other aircraft on the flight deck as they did their part to keep the planes just feet apart.

Throughout the day’s mission, each member got the opportunity to watch the refueling ops many times from the boom pod.

Maj Farrell demonstrates to the cadets the old adage "Sleep when and where you can."

Maj Farrell demonstrates to the cadets the old adage “Sleep when and where you can.”