Tag: Air-to-air refueling

That time a KC-135 Crew saved an F-16 Pilot from ejecting over ISIS Territory
After the F-16 disconnected a second time, the pilot went through his checklists and told the crew he had a fuel system emergency. Over 80 percent of his total fuel capability was trapped and unusable… A KC-135 Stratotanker crew from McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) saved an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from...
This RCAF CF-18 Hornet features kill marks for broken refueling probes.
Although we don’t know exactly the story behind this photo, a “broken probe” is not an uncommon incident. The unusual photo in this post shows a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet featuring kill markings for broken refueling probes. Although we don’t know exactly the story behind this photo,...
The Story of North Star, the KC-135 Stratotanker that Saved an F-4 Phantom over the Atlantic
The KC-135 Stratotanker North Star had its landing gear down and its engines at idling speed in an attempt to slow down enough to match the F-4 Phantom’s speed and perform a midair tow. Ron Craft, a KC-135 Stratotanker crew member who was stationed at Loring Air Force Base (AFB) from 1981...
Remembering Shell 77, the KC-135 tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan while it was departing for combat aerial refueling mission
Shell 77 crew encountered a condition they had not realistically experienced in training, which left them with an unrecognized hazardous situation that was difficult to overcome. On May 3, 2013, a KC-135R, call sign Shell 77, crashed in the foothills of mountains located six miles south of Chaldovar, Kyrgyz Republic. The...
USMC declares remaining Marines involved in F/A-18 and KC-130 mishap deceased; search and rescue operations Off Japan concluded
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft did not, however, locate the crew of the KC-130 Hercules The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has pronounced the five remaining Marines involved in the F/A-18 and KC-130 aviation mishap during an air-to-air refueling exercise on Dec. 6, deceased. The change in status comes at the conclusion of...
The incredible story of the C-5 crew that performed three night air refuelings during a storm
"I called the middle tanker, below me: 'What number are you, in the middle?' He responded, 'I'm tanker #2.' I said, 'No, you are now tanker #1 and we are on the way down. Also, just to warn you, if we don't get this gas right now, we are going swimming,'" Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former...
Cool photos show RAAF KC-30A tanker refuelling U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon
RAAF No. 33 Squadron and Aircraft Research and Development Unit worked with U.S. Navy VX-20 to conduct the trials from Naval Air Station Patuxent River Taken on May 29, 2018 the cool photos in this post show a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A belonging to No. 33 Squadron refuelling a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon belonging to VX-20 during trials...
That time a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet landed safely with a KC-10 refueling basket stuck in its refueling probe
The refueling basket became disconnected from a USAF KC-10 during an air-to-air refueling mission, shattering the Hornet’s canopy Taken on Feb. 1, 2002, the main image of the article shows maintenance personnel dispatched from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) removing a refueling basket from the refueling probe on an F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter assigned...
Luftwaffe Senior Officer says the service next heavy-lift helicopter needs to have inflight refueling capability
So far, the CH-53K and CH-47 are seen as potential contenders. However, only the MH-47G has an inflight refueling capability Col Bernhard Martin, a senior Luftwaffe (German Air Force) officer, told Flight Global at Defence IQ International Military Helicopter conference in London on Jan. 31 that the next heavy-lift helicopter for the service needs to be inflight refueling capable. Martin says...
That time a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft exploded after a failed pressure test
The outflow valves which are used to regulate the pressure of the KC-135 were capped off during a 5 year overhaul and never opened back up The impressive photos in this post show the result of failed pressure test on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. "This is an example of what happens when we do not pay attention to detail, and do...

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