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INTERESTING VIDEO SHOWS USAF B-52 STRATEGIC BOMBER REFUELING FROM FRENCH AIR FORCE C-135FR TANKER

Seeing a B-52 refueling from a French Air Force C-135FR is quite a rare sight given that BUFFs typically refuel from USAF KC-135 and KC-10 tankers

Taken on Sep. 25, 2017 the interesting video in this post feature a U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress preparing for take-off at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, England and then performing air-to-air refueling with a C-135FR from Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) belonging to Groupe de Ravitaillement en Vol 2/91 “Bretagne” from Istres.

Noteworthy BUFFs from the 2nd Bomber Wing (BW) at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), La., are deployed to RAF Fairford for a 3 week deployment supporting bomber assurance and deterrence operations.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. B-52H Stratofortress 2nd BW, 20th BS, LA/60-0008 “Lucky Lady IV”.

Although USAF bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe, seeing a B-52 refueling from a French Air Force C-135FR is quite a rare sight given that BUFFs typically refuel from USAF KC-135 and KC-10 tankers.

Currently the French Air Force operates 11 C-135FRs (used as dual-role tanker/cargo and troop carrier aircraft) and 3 KC-135Rs.

Photo credit: Groupe de Ravitaillement en Vol 2/91 “Bretagne” Facebook page

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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