Air-to-air refueling

CH-53K King Stallion demonstrates long-range logistic support capabilities with first, successful air refueling tests

CH-53K King Stallion demonstrates long-range logistic support capabilities with first, successful air refueling tests

The 4.5 hour test was accomplished over the Chesapeake Bay with a KC-130J aerial refueling (AR) tanker. The CH-53K King… Read More

4 years ago

Former C-17 Instructor Explains What Happens if the Aircraft Thrust Reversers are accidentally Deployed during Aerial Refueling

What happens if a C-17 pilot accidentally deploys the aircraft thrust reversers in flight? Thrust reversal, also called reverse thrust,… Read More

4 years ago

VFA-106 F/A-18F Damaged While Getting Refueled by another Gladiators Super Hornet

The F/A-18F sucked debris into both of its engines during the mishap which took place on Jan. 27, 2020, causing… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

Remembering Shell 77, the KC-135 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… Read More

5 years ago

The incredible story of the C-5 crew that completed 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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

COOL VIDEO SHOWS A400M AIRLIFTER REFUELING SIX SPANISH F/A-18s IN ONE FLIGHT

Although only six F/A-18s were involved, the A400M mission simulated the refueling of eight aircraft via multiple contacts  The interesting… Read More

6 years ago

61-YEAR-OLD KC-135 STRATOTANKER REFUELS NEWEST USAF FIGHTERS

No matter how deadly, the F-35 couldn’t go anywhere or complete any mission without regular fuel-ups from the gas-station-in-the-sky KC-135… Read More

7 years ago

FIRST KC-46 TO KC-46 REFUELING COMPLETED

The milestone flight helps pave the way for KC-46 next phases of certification and specification compliance testing The KC-46 aerial… Read More

7 years ago

EX-RAF L-1011 TRISTARS TO FLY AGAIN AS CIVILIAN-OWNED TANKERS

TAS has started the marketing of the Tristar tankers for contractor owned/operated AAR operations focusing on the U.S. Navy, NATO,… Read More

7 years ago

U.S. NAVY P-8A POSEIDON RECEIVES FUEL FROM USAF KC-135 FOR THE FIRST TIME

Actually the P-8A is only the second U.S. Navy aircraft to be equipped to receive fuel mid-flight from a USAF… Read More

7 years ago