I have permission to publish these photos.
Andrew has been manning the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker cruising around the South Pacific fulfilling its role of filling-station-in-the-sky.
Recently the day's sortie involved refueling the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, a/k/a the Stealth Bomber.
Darling son told me he nearly hyperventilated when he saw the B-2 coming towards the rear of the KC-135, where he waited to complete the transaction.
A bit closer. Click for an extra thrill.
As is true of most Americans, military aviation holds a keen fascination for Senior Airman Andrew, TANG, USAF, newly-minted Boom Operator.
None of the tradition, the patriotism, the exceptionalism, the sheer romance of his difficult but rewarding job, is lost on him.
Every such emotion was heightened when the mysterious, esoteric, faintly spooky Stealth was thirty feet from his nose, both aircraft hurtling through the air at approximately six hundred miles per hour.
But he had a job to do, and he did it. Expertly, I might add.
Photos courtesy of the boomer, who conveyed them to his anxious Blue Star mother via text.
And that is all for now.
God Bless America
Happy Friday ~ Happy Weekend ~ Happy Skywatching