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Ammo, maintenance and pilots: how a strike mission is accomplished
Three F-35A Lighting IIs, assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., fly in formation during a refueling mission Aug. 27, 2019, near Phoenix. A KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Fueling Wing, refueled six F-35s. During a refueling mission, the boom operator extends the boom to make contact with the aircraft and once in contact, fuel is pumped through the boom to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Brooke Moeder)

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Photo by: Airman Brooke Moeder |  VIRIN: 190827-F-ZR251-0353.JPG