Air Refueling Archive

Huge Collection of Air Refueling Pictures

First KC-30A boom refuelling with an E-7A over Iraq

RAAF KC-30A Boom Operator Station Remote Vision

KC-30A E-7AAirbus KC-30A Remote Vision SystemThe KC-30A features a remote vision system consisting of 3D cameras and panoramic cameras. The operator wears polarized glasses in order to see the 3D screen. An advanced user interface provides the operator with all information in an easy to understand format.

October 30, 2015 Posted by | 2010s, Boom Operator, E-7A, KC-30, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

History of Refueling

Great documentary about Air Refueling that aired on the Military Channel.

January 22, 2011 Posted by | 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, B-47, B-52, Boom Operator, Boom Pod View, F-104, F-105, F-15, F-16, F-4, History, KB-29, kb-50, KC-10, KC-135, KC-135A, KC-97, Probe/Drogue, Question Mark, Receiver View, Video | 2 Comments

B-58 Hustler Refueling Video

Skip forward to 2:50 to see the refueling between the Convair B-58 Hustler and a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

This is a very interesting video clip showing a KC-135 refuel a B-58 Hustler. For those familiar with refueling, the closure rate is sure to frighten you.

Be sure to read this post for more B-58 refueling.

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May 15, 2009 Posted by | 1960s, B-58, Boom Pod View, KC-135, Video | , | Leave a comment

Lockheed U-2E/F Refueling Video

This is extremely rare video of a Lockheed U-2E/F being refueled inflight by a Boeing KC-97L.

In May 1961, in a little-known attempt to extend the U-2’s already considerable range, Lockheed modified six CIA U-2s and several USAF U-2s with aerial refueling equipment which allowed the aircraft to receive fuel from either the Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker or from the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. This extended the aircraft’s range from approximately 4,000 to 8,000 nautical miles (7,400 to 15,000┬ákm) and extended its endurance to more than 14 hours. The J57-powered U-2Bs were re-designated U-2E and the J75-powered U-2Cs were redesignated U-2F. Although the modified U-2s were capable of flying for over 14 hours this took little account of pilot fatigue, and although an additional oxygen cylinder was installed on these aircraft little use was made of this capability. One aircraft was both air-refueling- and carrier-capable and was the only U-2H.


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May 10, 2009 Posted by | 1960s, Boom Pod View, KC-97, U-2, Video | , | Leave a comment