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97 AMW Airmen demonstrate rapid airpower response during severe weather exercise

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

Allen Ferrell, 97th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft attendant stands in front of a KC-46 Pegasus at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, April 2, 2021. AAFB conducted an exercise to simulate a mass evacuation of aircraft in preparation of an emergency weather situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, KC-46 Pegasus and C-17 Globemaster IIIs aircraft line up for an elephant walk at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, April 2, 2021. During the exercise, 29 aircraft were generated by the 97th Maintenance Group. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Powell, 58th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a container delivery system pallet into a C-17 Globemaster III April 2, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. These pallets were strapped down by the loadmasters and used for airdrop training during a severe weather exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Snell, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) fuels distribution supervisor reviews the work of Airman James Mancia, 97th LRS fuels operator, April 1, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Members of the 97th LRS fuels flight from all three shifts worked simultaneously to prepare approximately 29 aircraft for the severe weather exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

The sun rises behind a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, April 2, 2021. Approximately 29 aircraft participated in a large formation exercise (LFE) demonstrating the base’s ability to avoid aircraft damage from approaching severe weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, KC-46 Pegasus and C-17 Gloemaster IIIs line up for an elephant walk at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, April 2, 2021. The exercise was conducted to simulate a mass evacuation of aircraft in preparation of an emergency weather situation. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

U.S. Air Force Airmen of the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron air operations flight assemble a container delivery system pallet, April 1, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The flight assembled 12 pallets for air-drop training during the severe weather exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jimmy Osteen, 58th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster instructor, prepares pallets for an airdrop at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, April 2, 2021. The exercise was conducted to practice a large-scale evacuation of all aircraft in case of severe weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kayla Christenson)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III takes off during a large formation exercise (LFE) at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, April 2, 2021. Maintainers generated approximately 29 aircraft for the fly-away exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise.
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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, KC-46 Pegasus and C-17 Globemaster IIIs aircraft taxi to the runway at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, April 2, 2021. During the exercise, approximately 29 aircraft were generated for the elephant walk. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

97 AMW conducts severe weather exercise
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U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III follows another C-17 performing an airdrop at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, April 2, 2021. The exercise was conducted to simulate a mass evacuation of aircraft in preparation of an emergency weather situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kayla Christenson)

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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers taxi for takeoff after an elephant walk at Altus Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, April 2, 2021. The 97th Operations Support Squadron simulated a tornado impact at Altus AFB for a severe weather exercise. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chase English, 97th Operations Support Squadron combat crew communications prepares an C-17 Globemaster III for a large formation exercise (LFE) at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, April 2, 2021.The exercise was conducted to simulate a mass evacuation of aircraft in preparation of an emergency weather situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, KC-46 Pegasus and C-17 Globemaster IIIs line up for a large formation exercise April 2, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The exercise tests the base’s ability to relocate aircraft before impending storms that are common in Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, KC-46 Pegasus and C-17 Globemaster IIIs line up for an elephant walk at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, April 2, 2021. Various squadrons from across the 97th Air Mobility Wing participated to help make the severe weather exercise possible. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers prepare for a large formation exercise April 2, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma. Altus AFB is home of the formal training unit for aircrew of the KC-135, KC-46 Pegasus and C-17 Globemaster III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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