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AUAB Airmen innovate, remove KC-135 vertical stabilizer
379th Air Expeditionary Wing
Sept. 28, 2023 | 0:43
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron successfully removed and reattached the vertical stabilizer from a KC-135 Stratotanker to conduct maintenance on the rudder at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Sept. 15-24, 2023.

The 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron repurposed mattresses to construct a safe platform for the vertical stabilizer to rest on, allowing maintainers to restore the aircraft to operational status. This was the first time in nine years that a KC-135's vertical stabilizer was removed at Al Udeid Air Base.

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