A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, April 6, 2016. OIR is the coalition intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, approaches for air refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, March 4, 2015, during Exercise Iron Hand over southern France. The aircraft were participating in a combined training event designed to enhance interoperability between the two wings and refine techniques and procedures. This type of planned, routine training allows for a key opportunity for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa wings to work with each other to ensure they are ready to conduct real-world missions effectively and efficiently when called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kate Maurer/Released)
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker over
Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct 6, 2016. The KC-135
provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and
has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. (U.S. Air Force photo
by Staff Sgt. Douglas Ellis/Released)
An F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., disconnects from the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker after receiving fuel to continue on its training sortie during exercise Red Flag 16-1 Feb. 4, 2016. The high-tempo exercise incorporates both day and night missions that give aircrews an opportunity to experience advanced, relevant, and realistic combat-like situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and safely return home.
French Mirage 2000D’s receives fuel from a U.S Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq. April 8, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. OIR is the coalition intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Released)
U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron out of
Kadena Air Base, Japan, connects with a KC-135 Stratotanker out of
McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Oct. 10, 2016, during a RED FLAG-Alaska
(RF-A) 17-1 mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen
Staff Sgt. Amanda Walls, a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator student,
refuels a C-17 Globemaster III during her final check ride, April 10,
2015. Walls completed the boom operator course and will soon be
returning to her home unit, Tennessee Air National Guard’s 151st Air
Refueling Squadron, where she previously served as a KC-135 crew chief.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nathan Clark)
An F-22 Raptor is being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Nevada Test and Training Range during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School’s Deliberate Strike Night, June 16, 2016. DSN is part of the final seven-day advanced integration portion of the school’s curriculum, testing stealth and conventional airframes’ abilities to conduct attacks during the hours after the sun sets. The F-22 is assigned to the 433rd Weapons Squadron and the KC-135 is assigned to the 509th Weapons Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet supporting Operation Inherent Resolve finishes refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq after conducting an airstrike, Oct. 4, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
A B-52 Stratofortress from
Barksdale Air Force Base, La., takes fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker
assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England,
Sept. 18, 2015, in the skies near Spain. The refueling was part of
exercise Immediate Response, which included a three-ship formation of
KC-135s delivering a total of 180,000 pounds of fuel to the sole bomber.
The KC-135 was designed and built during the Cold War specifically to
deliver fuel to the B-52. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Austin M.
A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft approaches the rear of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft before refueling during a training mission over the Midwest, Aug. 1, 2013. (DoD photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier, U.S. Air Force/Released)