Air Refueling Archive

Huge Collection of Air Refueling Pictures

U.S. Air Force C-141B Aerial Refueling Tests

February 14, 2016 Posted by | 1970s, C-141B, KC-135, KC-135A, Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments

Boeing YC-14 Refueling from KC-135

The YC-14 prototypes were not equipped with in-flight refueling receptacles, but simulated refueling conditions behind a KC-135 were conducted.

The YC-14 prototypes were not equipped with in-flight refueling receptacles, but simulated refueling conditions behind a KC-135 were conducted. Utilization of the YC-14 as a tanker for receivers such as the YC-14, fighters, and helicopters was also evaluated.

The Boeing YC-14 was a twin-engine (STOL) tactical. It was Boeing’s entrant into the United States Air Force’s Advanced Medium STOL Transport (AMST) competition, which aimed to replace the Lockheed C-130 Hercules as the USAF’s standard STOL tactical transport. Although both the YC-14 and the competing McDonnell Douglas YC-15 were successful, neither aircraft entered production. The AMST project was ended in 1979 and replaced by the C-X program.

May 13, 2015 Posted by | 1970s | , | Leave a comment

F-16XL Air Refueling Pictures

Here are some pictures of an F-16XL refueling from a KC-135. These pictures are quite rare and it took me a very long time to track them down.

F-16XL Behind a KC-135.

F-16XL refueling from a KC-135.

F-16XL refueling from a KC-135.

F-16XL refueling from a KC-135.

Image Sources:

http://kr.blog.yahoo.com/shinecommerce/6901.html?p=1&t=3
http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/Photo/F-16XL2/HTML/EC96-43811-2.html

April 23, 2011 Posted by | 1990s, Boom Pod View, External View, F-16XL, KC-135R | , | 2 Comments

V-22 Osprey Refueling from KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter (BDA)

These are pictures that I have been in search of for a very long time and I think they might be the new crown jewels of my collection. I was very excited when I finally was able to get copies of them.

Here are pictures of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey refueling from a KC-135 boom to drogue adapter (BDA). These pictures were taken during flight testing and as of the date of this post the V-22 is not included in the ATP-56(B) refueling manual and therefore is not allowed to be refueled.

The boom to drogue adapter replaces the fuel nozzle on the tip of the boom and is attached to a 10′ internally stiffened hose that terminates in a conical drogue. The drogue and hose are not retracted inside the boom and therefore always hang out from the end of the boom. This unusual configuration often draws the attention of other aircraft and ground controllers when KC-135s operate from civilian airfields. During use, the boom is fully extended to 20 feet so that the fuel pressure in the boom does not cause it to extend.

V-22 Ground Refueling Test With a KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 Ground Refueling Test With a KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 Approaching Pre-Contact Behind A KC-135.

V-22 In Contact With KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 Flight Test Refueling With KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 in contact with a KC-135.

April 23, 2011 Posted by | 2000s, Boom Pod View, External View, KC-135R, Probe/Drogue, V-22 | , , | Leave a comment

YC-15 Inflight Refueling

Special thanks to Scott Mahew for bringing these great pictures to my attention. These are very rare pictures of a McDonnell Douglas YC-15 being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker. The YC-15 was McDonnell Douglas‘ entrant into the U.S. Air Force‘s Advanced Medium STOL Transport (AMST) competition, to replace the C-130 Hercules as the USAF’s standard STOL tactical transport. In the end neither the YC-15 norBoeing YC-14 was ordered into production, although the YC-15’s basic design would be used to form the successful C-17 Globemaster III.

McDonnell Douglas YC-15 in the pre-contact position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker.

McDonnell Douglas YC-15 in the pre-contact position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker.

A McDonnell Douglas YC-15 approaches the contact position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker.

A McDonnell Douglas YC-15 approaches the contact position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker.

A McDonnell Douglas YC-15 approaches the contact position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker.

YC-15 in contact with a KC-135.

Image Source:

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February 26, 2011 Posted by | 1970s, Boom Pod View, External View, KC-135, KC-135A, YC-15 | , | Leave a comment

F-105 with both probe and receptacle

This F-105D Thunderchief has both a probe for probe and drogue refueling and a receptacle for boom refueling.

\F-105 probe and drogue receptacle

Close up view of the F-105 Thunderchief's refueling probe.

F-105 probe and drogue receptacle

Image Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Republic_F-105D-6-RE_refueling_probe_detail.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/3368317805/

January 20, 2011 Posted by | 1960s, Boom Pod View, F-105, KC-135, Probe/Drogue | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Refueling

I’ve been searching high and low for pictures of F-104 Starfighters doing in flight refueling. I’ve finally run across some decent examples.

F-104 Starfighter refueling probe.

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F-104 Starfighter refueling from KC-135

A F-104C refuels from a boom to drogue adapter (BDA) equipped KC-135 Stratotanker

A F-104C refuels from a boom to drogue adapter (BDA) equipped KC-135 Stratotanker

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Image Sources:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/divemasterking2000/271653150/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/3369142600/sizes/z/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/3367992874/
http://www.916-starfighter.de/Gallery/gallery_sp_22.htm
http://www.landspeed.com/classroom/classstarfighterhistory.html
http://www.militaryfactory.com
http://elpoderdelasgalaxias.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/lockheed-f-104c-starfighter-the-always-thirsty-missile-2/

January 20, 2011 Posted by | 1960s, Boom Pod View, F-104, KC-135, Probe/Drogue | , | 3 Comments

Huge sparks during Air Refueling

A common question that I receive is what happens if there is a spark during Air Refueling; will we blow up? I think this video dramatically puts to rest any notion that there is a risk of explosion if there is a spark. The two aircraft in this video are a KC-135 and an E-4B. As the two aircraft fly through the air they pick up electrical charge at different rates. This difference is equalized by the spark that jumps between the two aircraft. It is difficult to tell from the video, but it looks like these sparks are 3-5 feet long and jumping between the tanker’s  nozzle and the receiver. The dielectric breakdown of air is approximately 3 million volts per meter which suggests that there is something like 3-6 million volts difference between the aircraft.

Video Source:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVzpV3V_V3U

December 26, 2010 Posted by | 2000s, Boom Operator, Boom Pod View, E-4B, KC-135R | , , , | Leave a comment

Royal Singapore Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker

Video detailing the Royal Singapore Air Force’s KC-135R Stratotanker and its mission. View in HD.

Video Source:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awjSG5P4_wY

November 25, 2010 Posted by | 2000s, KC-135R | , | Leave a comment

Low Level Air Refueling

Ultra low altitude air refueling of an F-4 Phantom by a KC-135E.

Video Source:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdO24s1vVWM

November 25, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, F-4, KC-135E | , | Leave a comment