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RC-135 surpasses 50,000 flying-hour mark
« on: March 14, 2008, 03:35:44 AM »
RC-135 surpasses 50,000 flying-hour mark
by 2nd Lt. Tania Bryan
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

3/13/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- A 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron RC-135 Rivet Joint surpassed the 50,000 flight-hour mark during a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom March 12.

RC-135 Tail No. 132 boasts an impressive resume of tours over the years including Vietnam, operations Southern and Northern Watch to current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This is the first RC-135 Rivet Joint and first of any C-135 airframe to reach this significant flying milestone," said Lt. Col. William Jensen, the 763rd ERS commander.

"This airframe and others like it maintain a constant presence around the globe; in the pacific, the Southern Hemisphere, Europe and Southwest Asia, the Rivet Joint maintainers, aviators, intelligence analysts and other specialists have done a terrific job keeping the mission going," said Brig. Gen. Charles W. Lyon, the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander.

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