Aerial Refueling Photos

 

I've always admired people who transfer jet fuel from one flying aircraft to another.  They see their job as unremarkable, like most military people I believe, but the process astounds me.  So here are some of my favorite aerial refueling photos.

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Voodoo Drag
Voodoo Drag

May, 1963, photo of P&W-powered RF-101C, serial 56-0097 on her way to SE Asia as seen from the right seat of a P&W-powered KC-135A. She would be attached to the 363rd Tactical Recon Wing once in country. The F-101 would be written off two years later after suffering battle damage to her rudder controls during a recon mission over North Vietnam and an emergency landing at RTAFB Ubon, Thailand, which caused further damage. Fortunately, the pilot, LtCol Ray Lowery, escaped with only minor injuri

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The Opposite Perspective
The Opposite Perspective

The view from a B-52 of a KC-135A.

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JJ19 Boom Markings
JJ19 Boom Markings

May, 1963, refueling of B-47E, serial 52-0216, by a Fairchild AFB KC-135.

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Netherlands Tanker
Netherlands Tanker

Mid-1990s view of RNLAF KDC-10 refueling an F-16A.

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Refueling a Refueller
Refueling a Refueller

Mid-2022 photo of KC-10A, serial 86-0029.

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Thirsty Strike Eagle
Thirsty Strike Eagle

F-15E, serial 00-3000, gets gas over the desert.

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B-52 AR
B-52 AR

Check that reflection!

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Pre-Contact
Pre-Contact

In a left turn, this RC-135 prepares to connect to a KC-135.

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Hustler Getting Gas
Hustler Getting Gas

July, 1965, photo of a B-58A.

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