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US Navy P-3 Orion Aerial Refueling Testing with USAF KC-135

The following photos and narrative were provided by Billy Meeks, a former flight test boom operator at Edwards AFB.

P-3 proximity tests. The Navy wanted to demo it , we wanted to demo it, and everyone wondered why an airplane that could fly 23 hours could possibly want more fuel. A bunch of photos showing various az/el deflections at short, mid and long boom lengths. All were planned test points and the boom operator directed the receiver to the coordinates where the FTE and aerial photog recorded the event. “Receiver” pilot offered comments. A few flights and several hours to complete. Hope didn’t bore.

P-3 Orion Aerial Refueling Testing KC-135 boom receptacle Edwards AFB Flight Test (2)

P-3 Orion Aerial Refueling Testing KC-135 boom receptacle Edwards AFB Flight Test

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P-3 Orion Aerial Refueling Testing KC-135 drogue Edwards AFB Flight Test (24)

Navy P-3 testing with the KC-135 boom to drogue adapter.

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February 19, 2018 Posted by | 1970s, Boom Pod View, KC-135, KC-135A, P-3, US Navy | Leave a comment

P-3 Orion Refueling

A Lockheed P-3 Orion refueling from a KC-135.

A Lockheed P-3 Orion refueling from a KC-135. Click image to enlarge.

This is a rare picture of a Navy P-3 Orion moving into the contact position behind a KC-135. I spent a good 30 minutes trying to dig up information on this program but came up empty handed. If anyone knows about this program or has more pictures please let me know.

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May 10, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, External View, KC-135, P-3 | , | 3 Comments