Comin’ in hot: F-16 Fighting Falcons receive “hot pit” refueling

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Maxwell, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief checks the intake of the jet engine of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a “hot pit” at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2017. A “hot pit” is the refueling of an aircraft while its engine is still running. During the refueling process, the aircraft is checked for safety items such as leaks and debris before returning to the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)