aerial refueling

USAF to complete aerial refueling certification of retired F-117 with KC-46 This Month

USAF to complete aerial refueling certification of retired F-117 with KC-46 This Month

Aerial refueling certification of retired F-117 with KC-46 to complete this month Even though the US Air Force retired the… Read More

4 weeks ago

“The left afterburner technique” and SR-71 special problems: here’s what made Blackbird air refueling challenging

The KC-135Q tanker It’s impossible to overemphasise the essential role played by the KC-135Q tanker crews, without whom successful prosecution of the SR-71… Read More

2 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when with both engines missing compressor blades from stage eight onwards he was able to land after having experiencing a double engine failure on take-off

The English Electric Lightning Conceived an interceptor to defend the V-Force airfields during the Cold War, the English Electric Lightning… Read More

4 months ago

US Navy A-7 pilot recalls refueling every 30–40 minutes from USAF KC-135s during a Corsair II 5-ship TRANSPAC flight

TRANSPAC flight A transpacific (TRANSPAC) flight is the flight of an aircraft across the Pacific Ocean from Australasia, East and… Read More

4 months ago

C-5M offloads 23,500 pounds of fuel to KC-10 in reverse air refueling proof of concept to enhance tanker aircraft capability

Reverse air refueling proof of concept An aircrew from the 22nd Airlift Squadron (part of the 60th Air Mobility Wing… Read More

4 months ago

An Omega KDC-10 is the first commercial tanker to refuel USAF fighters

The first commercial tanker to refuel USAF fighters The US Air Force (USAF) is shifting the way it builds and… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the US Navy F/A-18 that was able to land safely without canopy, with a KC-10 refueling basket stuck in its refueling probe

Air-to-Air Refueling, a dangerous process Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) is a force multiplier. Aerial refueling allows aircraft to remain in the… Read More

5 months ago

Here’s why the Tu-16 wing-to-wing in-flight refueling system took a heavy toll on Badger crews’ nerves

The Tu-16 Badger The establishment of NATO posed the need for the Soviet war machine to create a fast jet… Read More

5 months ago

USAF KC-46 and KC-135 tankers to conduct flyovers to celebrate the 100th anniversary of air refueling on Jun. 27

100th anniversary of air refueling On Jun. 27, 2023, the US Air Force (USAF) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of… Read More

10 months ago

KC-135 Stratotankers provide monumental air bridge to move 100 Aircraft in Europe in support of Air Defender 2023, NATO’s Biggest Exercise Ever

KC-135 Stratotankers providing air bridge in support of Air Defender 2023 The 128th Air Refueling Wing facilitated an air bridge… Read More

10 months ago

Did you know the SR-71 had to Light one Afterburner during Aerial Refueling? Blackbird Pilot explains why

“In military power, we would start to fall off the boom. The solution was to light one afterburner with careful… Read More

12 months ago

‘USAF needs Stealth Tankers to Survive Chinese Missiles,’ Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall Says

Secretary Frank Kendall recently said that given China’s growing reach with precision missiles, the USAF must shift away from traditional… Read More

1 year ago

That time a KC-135Q crew flew through a thunderstorm with their Stratotanker’s throttles frozen to refuel an SR-71 Blackbird

Because of the KC-135Q Stratotanker crews an SR-71 Blackbird never ran out of gas. It’s impossible to overemphasise the essential… Read More

2 years ago

During the Vietnam War a fully loaded USAF F-4 Phantom II went inverted on a tanker at night in a thunderstorm

The flight of three F-4 Phantom II fighter jets and the tanker continued banking around the storms while refueling when… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that pitched up and collided with a KC-135Q tanker during an air refueling over El Paso

When his SR-71 pitched up and slammed into a KC-135Q tanker at 26,000 feet, Blackbird RSO Maj. Mortimer J. Jarvis… Read More

2 years ago

Use of KC-46A Centerline Drogue System approved as first Pegasus Interim Capability Release milestone to meet joint force air refueling requirements

This decision provides more daily “taskable” operational capabilities to the joint team and increases capacity for tanker fleet requirements. Air… Read More

3 years ago

Remote Vision System 2.0 could give Boeing KC-46 Pegasus autonomous aerial refueling capability

The improved RVS 2.0 that Boeing will install on the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker includes LiDAR sensors that could allow… Read More

4 years ago