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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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
The view from a B-52 of a KC-135A.
May, 1963, refueling of B-47E, serial 52-0216, by a Fairchild AFB KC-135.
Mid-1990s view of RNLAF KDC-10 refueling an F-16A.
Mid-2022 photo of KC-10A, serial 86-0029.
F-15E, serial 00-3000, gets gas over the desert.
Check that reflection!
In a left turn, this RC-135 prepares to connect to a KC-135.
July, 1965, photo of a B-58A.