Welcome to a brand new episode of Xtended and this time we are talking air to air refuelling with hugely experienced USAF tanker pilot Mark Hasara.
For twenty-four years Mark Hasara operated one of the Air Force’s oldest airplanes, the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.
His career started during the Reagan Administration, carrying out Strategic Air Command’s nuclear deterrent mission and, moving to Okinawa Japan in August 1990, he flew missions throughout the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia.
KC-135 and F-15 Eagles – Image c/o Mark Hasara
Mark’s first combat missions were in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a Duty Officer in the Tanker Airlift Control Center he planned and ran five hundred airlift and air refuelling missions a month. Upon retirement from the US Air Force, Mark spent seven years at Rockwell Collins in engineering, designing and developing military fixed and rotary wing aircraft cockpits. Mark became a full-time author and defense industry consultant in 2014. His book, Tanker Pilot, is available now (see below).
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Tanking an F-14 Tomcat – Image c/o Mark Hasara
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