Once In a Lifetime Opportunity
By Capt. Sherri Pierce, JFHQ/PA
/ Published September 12, 2010
157th Air Refueling Wing -- At 26,000 feet, skies were blue and smiles abundant on the passengers who sat on board the 157th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R tanker to witness the refueling of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on their way to the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show.
Somewhere over North Carolina, the KC-135 met up with five of the seven Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets for the first of two refuelings needed to make it to Portsmouth International Tradeport for the 28-29 August air show.
This refueling mission was not only an opportunity for civilians to see the Blue Angels in flight but also a chance for the Air Guard to showcase its mission. "This flight gives you an appreciation for what the Guard does," said Greg Osborn, the Boy Scouts of America Public Relations Executive.
"Thank you for giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Mike Kaufman, Scout Executive and CEO of the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America.