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Awesome video of an Air Force air refueling mission over Afghanistan.

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KC-10 refuels another and then an F-16 and A-10 Warthogs; pretty neat


Unlike the KC-135 tanker where the boom operator (boomer) lies on his stomach to view out a window to refuel other aircraft, the KC-10 boomer sits in a comfortable chair and looks out a picture window during refueling. Think what it would look like if a large aircraft like the C-5M, C-17, B-52, B1, or B-2 came into view.


Adjust your speakers to catch the cockpit conversations.



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very interesting,thanks for posting,it amazes me that they don't bang that long boom into the aircraft there loading with fuel


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Very impressive, thanks for posting. I once had the pleasure of going up in an ANG KC-135 that was on TDY at RAF Alconbury, and we refueled a special forces MC-130 over the Wash on the north Norfolk coast. I was lying beside the boom operator, while he did several connections with them - he had to do a certain number in order to stay qualified. The precision of the flying by both aircrews was superb. In the end, I was allowed to have a go moving the boom, which actually caused our aircraft to yaw slightly. Obvious really, but it never occurred to me before that moment that it would happen. I must dig out the photos.

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