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F-105D Thunderchief aircraft are refueled on their way to North Vietnam targets by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The Thunderchiefs are being used to check the flow of North Vietnamese supplies and troops into the south. They interdict supply routes and destroy trucks and rolling stock

AN air-to-air front view of an F-105D Thunderchief aircraft approaching a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for refueling during flight. Aerial refueling and forward air control crews were honored by 388th Tactical Fighter Wing F-105D Thunderchief aircraft pilots in recognition of their successful coordinated combat mission. The day of the combat was called "Tanks a Million-That's a FAC" day

A YA-10 aircraft is refueled on the ground by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

An air-to-air rear view of a YA-10 aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker

Silhouette view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as the sun sets behind it, during Exercise Jack Frost '76

An air-to-air view from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as its boom lowered, as an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft comes up line for refueling

An air-to-air view from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as its boom connects and refuels an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft

An air-to-air view from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as its boom is lowered to refuel an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft, that is coming up to meet the boom

Right side air-to-air view of four F-4 Phantom II and a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The KC-135 is preparing to refuel one of the F-4s. The aircraft are taking part in exercise SCARLET DUCK

An air-to-air top view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The view was taken from the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom section of the KC-135A

An air-to-air view of the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom nozzle on a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft

An air-to-air view of the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom between an F-4 Phantom II aircraft and a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft with the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom extended

An air-to-air left side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The advanced aerial refueling boom is attached between the two aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of an RF-4C Phantom II aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The advanced aerial refueling boom is attached between the two aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom is attached between the two aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom is attached between the two aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom is attached between the two aircraft

An air-to-air view of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. A view is taken from the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom section of the KC-135A

An air-to-air rear view of a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft with the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom extended

An air-to-air underside view of the Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom extended from a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft for attachment to an F-4 Phantom II aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft. The Advanced Aerial Refueling Boom is attached between the two aircraft

A ground crewman checks the refueling boom drogue of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft prior to a refueling mission. The aircraft is assigned to the 307th Air Refueling Squadron

A view of the refueling boom drogue of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 307th Air Refueling Squadron

A close-up view of the refueling boom and drogue of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 307th Air Refueling Squadron

KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, MSGT Mike Carrol of the 170th Air Refueling Group, New Jersey National Guard, is in position to lower a boom for a refueling mission

An Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refuels an Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) A-7E Corsair II aircraft in flight as another VA-12 A-7E Corsair II flies alongside

An elevated view of the flight line with two B-52 Stratofortress aircraft flanked by two KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

A Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 332 (VMA(AW)-332) A-6E Intruder aircraft approaches a Marine Refueler-Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) KC-130R Hercules aircraft to take on fuel during a flight out of Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina

Two Marine Corps AV-8A Harrier aircraft receive fuel from a Marine Refueler-Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) KC-130R Hercules aircraft during a flight out of Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina

A KC-135 Stratotanker, C-141B Starlifter and C-5A Galaxy aircraft parked on the flight line

A photographer watches from the back seat of a 199th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, F-4 Phantom II aircraft as it approaches the refueling boom of a 161st Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

An air to air right side view of two 199th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-4 Phantom II aircraft flying in formation with a 161st Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. In the background is the Honolulu skyline

An Air National Guard boom operator aboard a 161st Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft computes the amount of fuel necessary for an aerial refueling mission

A view from the cockpit of a 199th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, F-4 Phantom II aircraft as two other F-4s form up near a 161st Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for aerial refueling

The nose of an in-flight A-10 as the aircraft is refueled through the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during testing. The photograph was taken from the KC-135's boom section

A KC-130 Hercules aircraft refuels an F-4 Phantom II aircraft, right, and an A-6 Intruder aircraft in flight

An overhead front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in flight during an engine icing test. The photograph was taken from the boom section of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

Front view of a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in flight, as seen from the boom operator's section. The Stratofortress is carrying AGM-109 Tomahawk air-launched cruise missiles

AN air-to-air front view of a B-1 aircraft with its new paint scheme being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft

A view from the boom operator's position of a B-1 aircraft, in its new camouflaged paint scheme, being refueled by a KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, left, and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft participate in an icing test while a T-38 Talon aircraft, top, acts as a photo chase plane

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft with a lowered refueling boom, as seen from a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, prior to being hooked up with the Galaxy

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft with a lowered refueling boom, as seen from a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, prior to being hooked up with the Galaxy

KC-10A Extender pilot MAJ Rusty Olson explains the aircraft's instrument panel to Secretary of Air Force Dr. Hans M. Mark after the rollout ceremony

Air Force Reserve Commander MGEN Richard Bodycombe and KC-10A Extender pilot MAJ Rosty Olson look at the cutaway Extender model, showing the cargo configuration, during the rollout ceremony

Air Force Reserve Commander MGEN Richard Bodycombe and KC-10A Extender aircraft pilot MAJ Rusty Olson look at Extender exhibitions during a rollout ceremony

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft's high-speed refueling boom during the rollout ceremony

A right rear view of a parked KC-10A Extender aircraft during the rollout ceremony

The navigator, of the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, checks the aircraft's position by using a sextant

An air-to-air view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron and two F-106A Delta Dart aircraft from the California Air National Guard as they fly in formation off the coast of Santa Cruz, California

A view through the window of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, as a California Air National Guard F-106A Delta Dart aircraft prepares to refuel

The boom operator keeps an eye on the boom of this KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, as a California Air National Guard F-106A Delta Dart aircraft prepares to refuel

A side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft on the ground during the rollout ceremony

AN interior view of the cockpit of a KC-10A Extender aircraft

AN interior view of the KC-10A Extender aircraft upper deck

A 9th Military Airlift Squadron pilot, flying a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, approaches a lowered KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling boom during exercise PROUD PHANTOM

A view of the KC-10A Extender aircraft air refueling operator station

A front ground view of the KC-10A Extender aircraft during the rollout ceremony

In-flight view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, carrying an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The Eagle is from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

In-flight view of an E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, seen from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft boom operator's section, heading toward the tanker to be refueled. The Airborne Warning and Control System is from the 961st Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron, involved in Exercise Pacific Consort

In-flight view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft, seen from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft boom operator's section, heading toward the tanker to be refueled. The Eagle, carrying an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, is from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

High angle front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, assigned to the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, being refueled in flight by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 306th Strategic Refueling Wing

An Air Force Reserve flight crew works in the cockpit of a 452nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a refueling operation over Altus Air Force Base

Colonel (COL) John D. Moore, commander of the 452nd Air Refueling Wing, flies a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a refueling operation over Altus Air Force Base

High angle front view of a Royal Air Force RF-4 Phantom II aircraft approaching the refueling drogue of a KC-135 Stratotanker for in-flight refueling. The KC-135 is assigned to the 306th Strategic Refueling Wing

A view from the refueling boom control station aboard a 452nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker as a C-141B Starlifter aircraft approaches to be refuels in flight over Altus Air Force Base. Both aircraft are manned by Air Force Reserve crews

A view from the refueling boom station of a 306th Strategic Refueling Wing KC-135 aircraft as a 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing RF-4C Phantom II aircraft approaches for refueling

A view from the refueling boom control station aboard a 452nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker as a C-141B Starlifter aircraft approaches to be refueled in flight over Altus Air Force Base. Both aircraft are manned by Air Force Reserve crews

High angle front view of an F-111 aircraft assigned to the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 306th Strategic Refueling Wing

A right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refueling an F-15A Eagle aircraft from the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Another F-15 is flying overhead

High angle front view of a Royal Air Force RF-4 Phantom II aircraft approaching the refueling drogue of a KC-135 Stratotanker for in-flight refueling. The KC-135 is assigned to the 306th Strategic Refueling Wing

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refueling an F-15A Eagle aircraft from the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron

A view from the refueling boom control station aboard a 452nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker as a C-141B Starlifter aircraft refuels in flight over Altus Air Force Base. Both aircraft are manned by Air Force Reserve crews

Captain (CPT) Robert S. Hart, copilot, watches from the cockpit of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft as it approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during the first refueling of a C-141B by an all-reserve flight crew. The C-141B is being operated by a 315th Military Airlift Wing crew and the KC-135 is being operated by a 336th Air Refueling Squadron crew

Captain (CPT) Robert S. Hart, copilot, watches from the cockpit of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft as it approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during the first refueling of a C-141B by an all-reserve flight crew. The C-141B is being operated by a 315th Military Airlift Wing crew and the KC-135 is being operated by a 336th Air Refueling Squadron crew

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft getting into position to refuel an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft as an F-4 Phantom II aircraft acts as a chase plane

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, left, with a C-5A Galaxy aircraft during a C-5 proximity

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a C-5A Galaxy aircraft above the clouds as an F-4 Phantom II aircraft acts as a chase plane

A left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft in flight, as other Falcons await their turns. The Falcons are from the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, being deployed to Kunsan Air Base, Korea. The aircraft are equipped with luggage pods on the left wings and auxiliary fuel tanks

A left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft as another F-16 awaits its turn. The aircraft are from e 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, being deployed to Kunsan Air Base, Korea. The aircraft are equipped with luggage pods on the left wings and auxiliary fuel tanks

Right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft, seen from inside another Falcon's canopy, in flight. The KC-135 is refueling one of the aircraft during deployment to Kunsan Air Base, Korea. The Falcons are from the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing

A left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft in flight, as other Falcons await their turn. The Falcons are from the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, being deployed to Kunsan Air Base, Korea. The aircraft are equipped with luggage pods on the left wings and auxiliary fuel tanks

An air-to-air left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueling an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft as another F-16 waits its turn. The F-16s are from the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing and are being deployed to Kunsan Air Base, Korea

A view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, seen from an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft, in flight. The Falcon is leaving the tanker after being refueled during the deployment to Kunsan Air Base, Korea. The aircraft is from the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing

A view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, seen from an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft, in flight. The Falcon is leaving the tanker after being refueled during the deployment to Kunsan Air Base, Korea. The aircraft is from the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing

A close-up air-to-air view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling boom

Right side air-to-air view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft. AN NC-135A Stratotanker testbed aircraft is in the background

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender refueling an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft (rear)

A civilian employee from McDonnell Douglas Corp. performs tests at the flight engineer's station aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft

Left side air-to-air view of a KC-10A Extender refueling a B-52G Stratofortress aircraft

The boom operator aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft

An air-to-air front view of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft being refueled by a KC-10A Extender aircraft

An air-to-air top view of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft, from the boom operator's section of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, after release from the tanker aircraft over mountains

A left rear view of a parked KC-10A Extender aircraft. Civilian and Air Force personnel prepare to test the refueling boom

Douglas Aircraft Company President John C. Brizendine speaks at the delivery ceremony for this KC-10A Extender aircraft

The U.S. Air Force accepts the first KC-10A Extender advanced tanker/cargo aircraft in a traditional ceremony during which McDonnell Douglas Corp. President John C. Brizendine cuts off the tie of LGEN Edgar S. Harris Jr., 8th Air Force commander

A crowd files aboard the KC-10A Extender aircraft that was just delivered here by Douglas Aircraft Company

Douglas Aircraft Company President John C. Brizendine speaks from the podium during the delivery ceremony for the KC-10A Extender aircraft in the background

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