|Grissom Tanker Support Key to F-22 Test Succes|
Grissom Tanker Support Key to F-22 Test Success
Edwards Air Force Base, California -- (AFPN) March 25, 2002 -- Aircrews from the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., are providing key support to F-22 Raptor flight-testing here. While the F-22 Combined Test Force receives support from tanker crews across the country, crews from the 434th ARW have deployed one or two KC-135 Stratotankers almost every week since early October to refuel the F-22 during test missions. In all, the crews have flown more than 400 hours in support of the F-22 and are considered regulars at the 418th Flight Test Squadron. The squadron manages all of the tankers, supporting flight-testing, which fly in and out of the base here.
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