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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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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Refuel Over Canada
Refuel Over Canada

Early morning AR of a B-52G over Nova Scotia during January, 1967.

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Boss Gets Gas
Boss Gets Gas

Thunderbird 1 receives fuel from a KC-135A during May, 1967.

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Thunderbird Hun
Thunderbird Hun

Thunderbird 1 in formation with a KC-135A on their way to Spain during May, 1967.

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Looking Out the Window
Looking Out the Window

The view from inside a KC-135A.

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Phantoms Need Gas
Phantoms Need Gas

KC-135, serial 55-3143, refuels F-4E, serial 68-0538 during the early-to-mid 1980s. Also pictured is F-4E, serial 69-0264.

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