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04/15/11 — 916th refuels jets that are bringing Thunderbird pilot back home

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916th refuels jets that are bringing Thunderbird pilot back home

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on April 15, 2011 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/MICHAEL K. DAKOTA

The Mission: Bring the United States Air Force elite precision flying team, the Thunderbirds, to Goldsboro. Two Seymour Johnson KC-135 Stratotankers were sent to the Missouri / Arkansas border to refuel the eight F-16s en route to perform at Wings Over Wayne.

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Air Force Maj. J.R. Williams is seen on the flight line Thursday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Williams, who will be flying with the Air Force's elite precision flying team, the Thunderbirds, at this weekend's Wings Over Wayne air show, was stationed at Seymour Johnson in 2003-04 as a member of the 4th Fighter Wing's 333rd Fighter Squadron. He has been a member of the Thunderbirds for seven months.

When the 916th Air Refueling Wing rendezvoused with the Air Force Thunderbirds somewhere over Arkansas Thursday afternoon to refuel the jets on their way to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the crew likely didn't realize they were also escorting...

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