National Guard F-16 fighter jets prepare for Super Bowl security duties


At 21,000 feet above Minnesota’s snow-covered ground, an F-16 fighter jet approached the back of a KC-135 Stratotanker.

A Wisconsin Air National Guardsman, suspended on his stomach above a board covered in switches and knobs, watched the F-16 through a window at the back of the Stratotanker while using a joystick to maneuver a boom down to the F-16. Connected to the Stratotanker via the boom, the F-16’s refuelling began, all at a speed of 315 knots. Within minutes, the F-16 was refuelled and disconnected, dipping away and out of sight.

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Source: Pioneer Press