Minutes of the July 23, 2007 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter


Everyone (around 25 people) met at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson airport for a tour of the 134th Air Refueling Wing (Tennessee Air National Guard). Our host was First Lieutenant Jaime Oakley (Wing Executive Officer). This tour started with a greeting by Colonel Timothy Dearing (134th Refueling Wing Commander) and a briefing by Major Elizabeth Matthews (one of the pilots in the 134th) on the overall mission of the Air Refueling Wing and how they obtain weather information. Everyone was then shuttled by Master Sergeant Randy Patterson to one of the hangars to get an in-depth tour of one of the refueling planes (type: KC135) by Senior Master Sergeant Jeffrey Stewardson (Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor).

Jet at the main gate.
Jet at the main gate.
Initial briefing by Lt. Jaime Oakley.
Initial briefing by Lt. Jaime Oakley.
One of the pilots - Major Elizabeth Matthews.
Major Elizabeth Matthews (one of the pilots).
Senior Master Sergeant Jeffrey Stewardson - our tour guide of the plane.
Senior Master Sergeant Jeffrey Stewardson (our tour guide of the plane).
Front of the plane (KC135) in hangar.
Front of the plane (KC135) in hangar.
Name of the plane's front radar.
Name of the plane's front radar.
The plane's emblem (Draggin' Fighter).
The plane's emblem (Draggin' Fighter).
134th Air Refueling Wing engine cover.
134th Air Refueling Wing engine cover.
Full view of plane in the hangar.
Full view of the plane in the hangar.
Back of the plane with the refueling boom.
Back of the plane with the refueling boom.
Back of the plane.
Back of the plane.
Back of the plane.
Back of the plane.
Looking at the refueling boom.
Looking at the refueling boom.
The refueling boom in the back.
The refueling boom in the back.
Viewing the refueling boom.
Viewing the refueling boom.
Outside the plane.
Outside the plane.
Some of the audience.
Some of the audience.
Inside the plane.
Inside the plane.
Matt and Ernie peering through one of the plane's openings.
Matt and Ernie peering through one of the plane's openings.
The back of the plane where the refueling boom operator works.
The back of the plane where the refueling boom operator works.
Major Matthews explaining about the cockpit of the plane.
Major Matthews explaining about the cockpit of the plane.
Cockpit of the plane.
Cockpit of the plane.
Cockpit of the plane.
Cockpit of the plane.
Cockpit of the plane.
Cockpit of the plane.



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