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Nose Art Recognizes KC-135's Golden Anniversary

In recognition of the KC-135's 50th year of service in the U.S. Air Force, special commemorative nose art now decorates aircraft tail 58-0063.  
  The Air Force conducted the first test flight of the KC-135 on August 31, 1956.  This KC-135R Statotanker hails from the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, located at Tinker AFB, Okla.  
  A special 50th anniversary celebration is scheduled to take place at Tinker AFB on September 8 and 9th.  For more information go to www.kc135.org

In recognition of the KC-135's 50th year of service in the U.S. Air Force, special commemorative nose art now decorates aircraft tail 58-0063. The Air Force conducted the first test flight of the KC-135 on Aug. 31, 1956. This KC-135R Statotanker hails from the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, located at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. A special 50th anniversary celebration is scheduled to take place at Tinker AFB on Sept. 8 and 9. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Tinker AFB, Okla. -- Master Sgt.. Darby Perrin, KC-135R Boom Operator with the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, got a chance to put his own personal artistic touch to help recognize this year's 50th Anniversary of the KC-135.

Perrin, also a nationally-recognized aviation artist in civilian life, was asked to paint a special commemorative nose art illustration on one of the wing's aircraft, tail number 58-0063.

The artwork recognizes the 50 years of service of the aircraft and the Airmen, civil service employees and civilian contractors who have helped fly and maintain it during the previous half century.

The illustration background is the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and in the foreground an eagle holds a modified boom operator's shield with the number 50 emblazoned on it. 

The artwork design was completed earlier this month and painted on the aircraft August 12.   A special 50th anniversary celebration is scheduled to take place at Tinker AFB on September 8 and 9th. For more information go to www.kc135.org.