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Creatures are StirringCreatures are Stirring
Creatures are Stirring

One week before Christmas and maintainers are stirring; as one KC-135 is being moved to the fuel cell hanger, maintainers from the Iowa National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing inspect an engine on another KC-135 while on the flight line in Sioux City, Iowa on December 18, 2013. Maintenance on both aircraft is being performed as part of regular maintenance schedule. U.S. Air National Guard Photo by: Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot/ Released
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Posted: 12/18/2013

MovingMoving
Moving

On December 18, 2013; 185th Air Refueling Wing maintainers move a KC-135 to the fuel cell hanger on the flight line in Sioux City, Iowa, in order to perform periodic maintenance. U.S. Air National Guard Photo by: Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot/ Released
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Posted: 12/18/2013

Sioux City Sue, Then  Sioux City Sue, Then
Sioux City Sue, Then

An RF-84 on the ramp in Sioux City, Iowa dubbed “Sioux City Sue” belongs to the 174th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the Iowa Air National Guard. The moniker “Sioux City Sue” was adopted from the 1945 song by country artist Dick Thomas. Iowa Air Guard Photo
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Posted: 11/1/2013

RF-84 Thunderflash PilotRF-84 Thunderflash Pilot
RF-84 Thunderflash Pilot

A pilot from the 174th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at the controls of an Iowa National Guard RF-84 in Sioux City, Iowa in 1960.
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Posted: 11/1/2013

RF-84 Cockpit RF-84 Cockpit
RF-84 Cockpit

Inside the cockpit of the RF-84 shows a myriad of instruments. Unique items in the Thunderflash are the view finder (top center) a large optic that allowed the pilot see what was being photographed through the lens of the camera and four camera control units in the lower center portion of the photograph. Iowa Air Guard Photo
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Posted: 11/1/2013

Thunderflash Maintenance Thunderflash Maintenance
Thunderflash Maintenance

Airman from the 174th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron performing general operational maintenance on a RF-84 while on the flight line in Sioux City, Iowa during the summer of 1959. The door on the front of the aircraft allowed airman to access a large compartment where photo equipment was installed and used as part of the reconnaissance mission. Iowa Air Guard Photo
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Posted: 11/1/2013

Sioux City Sioux, Now Sioux City Sioux, Now
Sioux City Sioux, Now

This newly refurbished RF-84 Thunderflash dubbed “Sioux City Sue” is on the ramp in Sioux City, Iowa. It was painted to depict the paint scheme from the late 1950’s when the 174th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Iowa Air National Guard flew the photo reconnaissance mission with the RF-84. The moniker “Sioux City Sue” was adopted from the 1945 song of the same name. The aircraft is now ready to be put back on static display in Sioux City, Iowa. U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
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Posted: 11/1/2013

Thunderflash Nose Thunderflash Nose
Thunderflash Nose

The business end of the RF-84 Thunderflash is at the nose of the aircraft where a variety of cameras could be loaded. Cameras could face almost any direction to accommodate the needs of the mission. The RF-84 was flown by the 174th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Iowa Air Guard in Sioux City, Iowa from 1958-1961. U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
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Posted: 11/1/2013

132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.
132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.

On Friday, June 21, 2013 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 132nd Fighter Wing (132FW), Des Moines, Iowa, and a KC-135 Fuel Tanker from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City, Iowa, are seen flying in the skies over Iowa. The 132FW is currently taking on a new mission to operate MQ-9 Reaper aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Todd Glade/Released)
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Posted: 6/28/2013

132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.
132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.

On Friday, June 21, 2013 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 132nd Fighter Wing (132FW), Des Moines, Iowa, and a KC-135 Fuel Tanker from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City, Iowa, are seen flying in the skies over Iowa. The 132FW is currently taking on a new mission to operate MQ-9 Reaper aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Todd Glade/Released)
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Posted: 6/28/2013

132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.
132nd F-16s take flight over Iowa.

On Friday, June 21, 2013 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 132nd Fighter Wing (132FW), Des Moines, Iowa, and a KC-135 Fuel Tanker from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City, Iowa, are seen flying in the skies over Iowa. The 132FW is currently taking on a new mission to operate MQ-9 Reaper aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Todd Glade/Released)
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Posted: 6/28/2013

Crew ChiefsCrew Chiefs
Crew Chiefs

Master Sgt. Dave Brink (right) and Technical Sgt. Dave Henson (left) are on the ramp area at the Air Guard facility in Sioux City, Iowa. The two airmen are assigned as the crew chiefs of the KC-135R pictured with them. This tail number 60-0316 dubbed “Raider Nation” has been assigned to the 185th Air Refueling Wing Iowa Air National Guard since 2007. The KC-135 will soon be transferred to the Utah Air National Guard. U.S. Air Guard Photo by: Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot /released
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Posted: 6/26/2013

    

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