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Air Force Week Brings Flyovers To NYC

F-15 refuels in mid-air. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

F-15 refuels in mid-air. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Air Force week officially returns to New York City this Sunday with a long list of events that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

The three-day event is a celebration of the accomplishments of U.S. Airmen and aims to increase awareness of the role of the Air Force in the military.

In preparation for the celebrations, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg spoke with two Airmen who work on KC-10 aircrafts, otherwise known as gas stations in the sky.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg with more on the story:

“We can refuel anyone in Afghanistan. People are just coming up one after the other,” said Master Sergeant Allen Crosby, who has logged over 80,000 flight hours.

KC-10s are refueling aircrafts that pump about 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into fighter jets in mid-air.

Hovering 25,000 feet over the Atlantic, traveling at 500 miles an hour, KC-10s have to literally do their work on the fly.

“There is not much playroom, so you’ve got to be precise,” said Master Sergeant Ramon Cruz.

KC-10s are just one type of aircraft that will be seen in the city skies this weekend.

The Air Force has an entire itinerary of flight demonstrations that will put all types of aircrafts on display.

On Saturday, the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will perform a coordinated formation flyover pass in their F-16D “Falcon” aircraft over Yankee Stadium during the Yankees/Red Sox at approximately 4:05 p.m.

The Thunderbirds will also perform over the Mets/Rockies game Monday, Aug. 20, at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Other events include an open water rescue demonstration in the Hudson River by the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing and a F-22 “Raptor” flyover over a Brooklyn Cyclones game.

For a complete list of flyovers and Air Force demonstrations, go to the Air Force Week website, www.airforceweek.af.mil.

Will you be at one of the Air Force events? What do you think of the mid-air fueling? Share your comments below…