Gary sent me about 100 images to choose from for this essay, I chose 10. He was curious about why I chose the images I did. My reasons are below his captions--

Our time on and off the refueling boom was timed to the minute, because a divert field was a long way away.  The next receiver to get gas would drop down from the tanker's wing ready to assume the precontact position to keep from wasting precious seconds.

This is a scene that very few photographers get to witness, let alone capture so well. I'm drawn to the dynamic spaces created around the plane and fuel boom within the picture frame.