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A Luftwaffe F-4 Phantom from Wittmund Air Base, Germany, flies beside a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during a training mission Feb. 5, 2013, over Germany. Both the F-4 and the KC-135 platforms have been used by air forces worldwide since before the Vietnam War.

“Voodoo” (front) and “Judy” travel at more than 500 miles per hour, miles over Northern Iraq. They will fly their F-15 E Strike Eagle into precise position behind a KC-135R/T Stratotanker for an aerial refueling. Once connected, fuel will flow through the refueling boom at about 8 gallons per second. The F-15 is from the 336 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and the KC-135 is deployed to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung))

Pacific Ocean (Nov. 4, 2004) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron Two (VFA-2), conducts in-flight refueling from an U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard. VFA-2 is assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), currently embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is on a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Perry Solomon (RELEASED)

Nice snap of Col. Jeannie Leavitt getting gas from a KC-135R. If you’re not familiar with Jeannie, you should be!

An F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft piloted by Col. Jeannie Leavitt receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker during her final flight, May 29, 2014, over North Carolina. During her career as the first female fighter pilot, Leavitt recorded more than 2,600 flying hours in the F-15E. Leavitt is the 4th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho/Released)

Arabian Gulf (Dec. 14, 2003) – An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Marauders” of Strike Fighter Squadron 82 (VFA-82) refuels with a U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker from the 380th Aerial Refueling Wing. VFA-82 is currently deployed with Carrier Air-wing One (CVW-1) on board USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Perry Solomon. (RELEASED)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Heavy reflections in the moonlight.

A Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker rests on the flight line at the Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base. The aircraft’s principal mission is air refueling, a unique asset which greatly enhances the Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power. 

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Colton Elliott, 25 JUN 2015.)

An U.S. Air Force pilot takes his OA/A-10 Thunderbolt II observation / attack aircraft into a snap roll, to dive thousands of feet, to continue his low level close air support mission on 26 March 2006. He had just completed an air refueling with a KC-135R/T Stratotanker. The Thunderbolt II is deployed to the 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson, Air Force Base Alaska. The KC-135R/T is deployed to the 22 Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Manas Air Base, Kyrgyz Republic, from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Talk About Full Service…

A NATO E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, West Germany, refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The plane is one of eighteen such aircraft providing surveillance for member nations as directed by NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force commander, 02/19/1988