Boom Operator Challenge Coin

A boom operator is an aircrew member aboard U.S. Air Force tanker aircraft who is responsible for transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft to another during flight, a method also known as aerial refueling, air refueling, in-flight refueling, air-to-air refueling, or tanking. The name “boom operator” implies that one operates a “boom” or “flying boom”, which is a long, extendable metal arm attached to the rear underside of the tanker that connects to the fuel receptacle of a receiving aircraft.

In the USAF the position of “Boom Operator” is a position held by an enlisted aviator, (rank Airman Basic through Chief Master Sergeant) who is responsible for safely and effectively refueling other aircraft while in flight. The official Air Force title for boom operators is “In-Flight Refueling Technician”.

This shiny custom challenge coin was ordered by the Boom Operators of the US Air Force. They asked us to produce a challenge coin that is shaped like a shield or a badge, and the sides have the graphic images of the US flag and the California Republic flag, with the inscriptions of “Book Operator” and “NKAWTG” which is the abbreviation of “Nobody kicks ass without tanker gas”, the motto of the boom operators.

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Finished Coin (Front)

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Finished Coin (Back)

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