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Chilean and U.S. Air Forces invite school children to tour base

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Master Sgt. Rene Gonzalez, 161st Air Refueling Wing boom operator, explains the auxilliary power unit of a KC-135 to students and faculty of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Master Sgt. Rene Gonzalez, 161st Air Refueling Wing boom operator, explains the auxilliary power unit of a KC-135 to students and faculty of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Tech. Sgt. Jeff McGorski, 161st Air Refueling Wing boom operator, explains the emergency personal oxygen supply system of a KC-135 to students and faculty of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Tech. Sgt. Jeff McGorski, 161st Air Refueling Wing boom operator, explains the emergency personal oxygen supply system of a KC-135 to students and faculty of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- 1st Lt. Pamela Paredes, Fuerza Aerea De Chile Bell 412 and UH-1H helicopter pilot, explains the Bell 412 to students of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- 1st Lt. Pamela Paredes, Fuerza Aerea De Chile Bell 412 and UH-1H helicopter pilot, explains the Bell 412 to students of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- 1st Lt. Enzo Penna, Fuerza Aerea De Chile C-212 pilot, explains his aircraft to students of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- 1st Lt. Enzo Penna, Fuerza Aerea De Chile C-212 pilot, explains his aircraft to students of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- A young boy from Colegio Macaya school in Alto Hospicia sits in the cockpit of a KC-135 during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- A young boy from Colegio Macaya school in Alto Hospicia sits in the cockpit of a KC-135 during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Patricia Vidal, Fuerza Aerea De Chile public affairs officer, hands out snacks to students of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Patricia Vidal, Fuerza Aerea De Chile public affairs officer, hands out snacks to students of Colegio Macaya during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Children from Colegio Macaya school in Alto Hospicia descends from a KC-135 during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Children from Colegio Macaya school in Alto Hospicia descends from a KC-135 during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Chilean and U.S. Airmen, children and teachers from Colegio Macaya school in Alto Hospicia pose for a group photo in front of a KC-135 during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Chilean and U.S. Airmen, children and teachers from Colegio Macaya school in Alto Hospicia pose for a group photo in front of a KC-135 during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Maj. Quinn Casey, 161st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 pilot, shakes hands with Evelyn Martens, a teacher at Colegio Macaya in Alto Hospicia during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Maj. Quinn Casey, 161st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 pilot, shakes hands with Evelyn Martens, a teacher at Colegio Macaya in Alto Hospicia during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- Two young students of Colegio Macaya in Alto Hospicia proudly display an Airzona Air National Guard patch they recieved during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)
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IQUIQUE, Chile -- Two young students of Colegio Macaya in Alto Hospicia proudly display an Airzona Air National Guard patch they recieved during a base tour here Oct. 30. Students were invited to the base to see U.S. and Chilean Air Force aircraft, and meet Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

IQUIQUE, Chile -- More than 40 children of the Colegio Macaya in Alto Hospicia, Chile, visited the Fuerza Aerea De Chile base in Iquique Oct. 30 to view United States and Chilean aircraft and talk with Airmen.

U.S. Airmen participating in SALITRE visited Colegio Macaya earlier in the week to spend time with the students, and invited the class to the base as a way of saying thank you.

"They really loved it," said Maj. Jeremy Lopes, KC-135 pilot with the Air National Guard 161st Air Refueling Wing. "This turned better than I could have imagined. The kids enjoyed themselves and the FACh did a great job supporting the visit. I don't think it could have gone any smoother."

The day started with a quick briefing about mid-air refueling by KC-135 crews, and afterward the children were shuttled to the parking ramp to tour FACh helicopters, rotary wing and jet aircraft. Finally, the kids climbed aboard an awaiting KC-135 and excitedly explored the aircraft through and through.

"We thank everyone so much for inviting us to visit," said Evelyn Martens, a teacher at Colegio Macaya. "The children had a wonderful time, and the whole day has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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