O’Hare 126th ARW KC-135E


O’Hare 126th ARW KC-135E poster art.

This artwork depicts the 126th Air Refueling Wing (126 ARW) a unit of the Illinois Air National Guard, stationed at O’Hare International Airport, Illinois. (prior to their move to Scott Air Force Base, near Belleville in 1999)  If activated to federal service, the Wing is gained by the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command.

The 126th moved from the former Air Reserve Station at O’Hare International Airport in 1999 as recommended by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s Report to Congress in conjunction with the closure of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard facilities at O’Hare. In 2000, the unit’s KC-135E aircraft were upgraded with the new Pacer CRAG (Compass, Radar & GPS) avionics systems. In 2008, the unit completed a transition to KC-135R aircraft as the KC-135E fleet was retired.


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