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The venerable KC-135 Stratotanker has flown its last “white world” mission to refuel fighters, bombers and other aircraft over the skies of Iraq, military officials said Monday. White world missions refer to any mission that is not covert or related to special operations forces.

The refueling mission has now been taken over by the KC-10 Extender. Both styles of aircraft were operated by the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.

“This was a total swap of personnel between weapon systems. This ends a small era of KC-135 conventional presence here,” Lt. Col. John Newberry, the 908th’s commander, said in a military news release.

The KC-10 can carry more fuel and can service more jets per mission, officials said.


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