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KC-97Gs refueling F-100Ds

In August 1964 these former Strategic Air Command KC-97Gs -- by then assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing out of O'Hare International Airport -- refueled Air National Guard F-100D “Super Sabres” in the first non-stop trans-Atlantic deployment of guard fighters to Europe (U.S. Air Force photo) Click image to enlarge.

In August 1964 these former Strategic Air Command KC-97Gs -- by then assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing out of O'Hare International Airport -- refueled Air National Guard F-100D Super Sabres in the first non-stop trans-Atlantic deployment of guard fighters to Europe (U.S. Air Force photo) Click image to enlarge.

In this picture depicting a coronet operation, probe equipped F-100Ds are being refueled by a formation of KC-97Gs. This exercise was one of many that helped prove the speed at which TAC fighters could be deployed with the help of SACs tanker fleet. Note the nose high attitude of the F-100s which helps illustrate the incompatibility of the KC-97 and fighters.

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May 10, 2009 - Posted by | 1960s, F-100, KC-97 | , ,

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