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355th AMU conducts first hot pit refueling as an F-35 unit

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing perform a hot pit refueling on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing perform a hot pit refueling on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021. Hot pit refueling saves time, manpower and equipment usage by refueling an active aircraft in between flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael King, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron during a hot pit refuelling on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael King, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron during a hot pit refuelling on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021. As a crew chief, King is responsible for performing special pre- and post-flight aircraft inspections to ensure pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron goes through a hot pit refueling on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021.

An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron goes through a hot pit refueling on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021. Hot pit refueling saves time, manpower and equipment usage by refueling an active aircraft in between flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Airmen assigned to  the 354th Fighter Wing conduct a hot pit refueling on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing conduct a hot pit refueling on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021. Maintainers assigned to the 355th and 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit worked alongside fuel specialists from the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron during this hot pit refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing perform a hot pit refueling on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021. Hot pit refueling saves time, manpower and equipment usage by refueling an active aircraft in between flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)