Back in October of 2017, I was commissioned to ride along with the 190th Air Refueling Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard. This particular mission was to refuel three B-2 Spirits, otherwise known as Stealth Bombers. The images that I shot for this story were recently published in the new Spring issue of Topeka Magazine and I'm excited to finally be able to share it.
I arrived at Forbes Field in Topeka, KS and climbed aboard a KC-135. The crew was super accommodating and allowed me to sit right behind the two pilots on take off. It was such a unique experience to be in the cockpit on take off that I had to keep reminding myself "more shooting, less sitting here in awe!". After about an hour in the air, the first B-2 came in sight and I was lucky enough to be down in the refueling bay with the boom operator as the B-2 came up for refueling. It was truly awesome to be laying down in the belly of the plane, shoulder to shoulder with the boom operator, watching a B-2 come in for refueling. It was a WOW! moment for sure. I got some great shots of the operator with the B-2 hooked up. The B-2 was so close, I could see the pilots. Pretty freaking sweet. Anyway, here are the images of mine that were used for the cover and the article.