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#1 CMSgt Steven Schiele ret.  2014-12-28 20:41
I was a crew chief on 59-1473 Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker from 09/01/1990 thru 08/01/1999 while assigned to the 151st ARW Salt Lake City, Utah.
Currently her nose art bares "Special Olympics Utah" in honor of the Special Olympics held in utah.
During my tenure as a crew chief we named her " Sprit of America" .
The nose art consisted of a space shuttle after launch with the Wright Brothers " Wright flyer" shoullte across the space shuttle.
The nose art honored the American spirt in aviation from kitty hawk to the space in which the airplane has played a major role .
Some her notable missions:

First KC-135 to fly behind the once "Iron Curtian" to Poland with a War College class.
First KC-135 to deliver a satellite package for launch to Moscow Russia from Utah State university.
First KC- 135 to fly a "Pathfinder Mission" for NASA's 747 with the oribter Discovery from Carswell AFB to Salt Lake City Utah
Last official mission for the Utah Air National Guard was for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Utah Air National with a low level fly by with boom down.
Note: I have pitctures of the nose art described and pictures of her last officals flight. TSgt Greald Trimble was the painter of the Spirt of America nose art.
You can contact me any time for any further information on this aircraft.
In summary she was a very reliable aircraft , well maintained by her crew chiefs Jay Demille, Dale Shupe, Steven Schiele, Robert Gwilliam, Stanly Sifus, as well as the entire 151st Aircraft Generation Squadron

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