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I made this shot from the boom operators station in a McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) KC-10 tanker. The Phantoms would refuel in flight every so many hours, saving them from having to land and refuel. While flying in formation behind us, the rear Phantom suddenly did a barrel roll. I thought it would make a great shot so I asked the boom operator, who was in constant radio contact with the Phantoms, to ask the pilot to roll again. Not only did he roll but he stayed inverted for a few seconds, giving me time to get the shot. It resulted in this unique image and remains a favorite in my collection of aviation photographs.
Todd a. Smith is an award-winning Washington, DC architectural photographer with offices in Alexandria, VA and Spring Lake, NJ.
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