Three U.S. Navy planes connected for in-flight refueling: Two Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior (BuNos 142654, 142665) from the Heavy Attack Squadron VAH-11 Checkertails and a Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (BuNo 149992?) from Attack Squadron 81. Normal inflight-refueling is only performed between two planes, this was a stunt performed for the photographer. This is also sometimes referred to as a “daisy chain” by participants.
An A-7E Corsair II aircraft from the carrier Independence (CV 62) pictured refueling with an EA-3B Skywarrior of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 off the carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) over the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1978.