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

A right side view of an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft, from Fleet Composite Squadron 1 (VC-1), as it refuels an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 235 (VMFA-235)

A staff sergeant refuels an F-101 Voodoo aircraft from a fuel truck. Other F-101s are in the background

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

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

An KA-6B Intruder aircraft of Attack Squadron Forty Six (VA-46) refuels a TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft of Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12). VC-12 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An EA-3B Skywarrior aircraft from Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty-Three (VAQ-33) refuels TA-4J Skyhawks of Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12) based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An EA-3B Skywarrior aircraft of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty Three (VAQ-33) refuels a formation of TA4J Skyhawk aircraft of Composite Squadron Twelve (VC-12). Exact Date Shot Unknown

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 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

A 71st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron HH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter from the rescue unit at Elmendorf Air Force Base refuels in flight during the rescue of survivors of the luxury liner PRINSENDAM in the Gulf of Alaska

An SH-3G Sea King helicopter refuels from the frigate USS BAGLEY (FF 1069), underway off the coast of Southern California

An airman refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft on the flight line

MASTER SGT. Patrick Nugent ....A KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft from the 912th Aerial Refueling Squadron refuels an RC-135 Stratolifter aircraft from the 306th Strategic Wing during a training mission over the North Sea. OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO (RELE

A flight deck crewman refuels a helicopter aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

An airborne armor unit refuels an M-551 tank prior to its deployment for exercises during Gallant Eagle '82

An air-to-air right underside view of a KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft as it refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, during Operation Ocean Venture

An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft as it refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, during Operation Ocean Venture

An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, during Operation Ocean Venture

An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as it refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida during Operation Ocean Venture

A KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft refuels two A-7 Corsair IIs and one F-15 Eagle during Operation Midnight Sun

A1C Forte refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise Quick Thrust '83-1

A1C Forte refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise Quick Thrust '83-1

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft refuels an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter from the 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron during pararescue training. The Hercules is visible through the windshield of the Super Jolly being refueled

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft while on the runway. The C-130 carries two fuel bladders in its cargo area

An Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels a C-141B Starlifter aircraft (as seen from the KC-10) during the return flight from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to Christchurch, New Zealand. The C-141 has just completed an airdrop during Operation Deep Freeze

An air-to-air left rear view of an Ohio Air Guard KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels the F-16/750 AFTI (Advanced Fighter Technology Intergration) testbed aircraft. A standard F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft stands by during the operation

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft refuels an HH-3E helicopter during Condor CRTE '82, a combat rescue exercise aimed at giving reservists battlefield experience

A view from the cockpit of a US Navy A-6 Intruder aircraft as it refuels from a US Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft. The aircraft are participating in the multi-national Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83

A B-1B bomber testbed aircraft refuels from an Arizona Air National Guard KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft. Edwards Air Force Base is visible below

A ground crewman refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during a TEAM SPIRIT '84 quick-turn exercise

STAFF SGT. Dana Martin of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during an autobahn landing exercise

Crewmen inside the refueling station on a KC-10A Extender as it refuels an F-4 Phantom II aircraft during the joint Australia/New Zealand/US Exercise PITCH BLACK '84. (Substandard image)

Merchant tanker refuels Krivak class frigate. Courtesy of Soviet Military Power, 1984. PHOTO No. 89, page 86, top

A port quarter view of the Chilean tanker ARAUCANO (AO-53) as it refuels the Brooke Class guided missile frigate USS TALBOT (FFG-4) during Operation Unitas XXV

Private First Class (PFC) Garfield Jones refuels an M151 lightweight vehicle as Sergeant (SGT) B. Jiles looks on from the driver's seat, during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE '84 at the National Training Center

The battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) refuels the guided missile frigate USS FLATLEY (FFG 21) during an underway replenishment

AIRMAN 1ST Class Pete Martuch refuels one of the fuel tanks on a T-33 Shooting Star aircraft. The T-33 is assigned to the 5021st Tactical Operations Squadron. January 84 AIRMAN Magazine

The fleet oiler USNS WACCAMAW (T-AO 109) simultaneously refuels the guided missile destroyer USS KING (DDG 41) to port and the guided missile cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47) to starboard. The bow of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) is in the foreground

A KA-6D Intruder aircraft, top, refuels an F-14 Tomcat aircraft. The Intruder looks distorted because of the curved canopy cover of the Tomcat

A member of the 6151st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron refuels an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft of the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron during Theater Force Employment Exercise IV

A KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling boom operator of the 9th Air Refueling Squadron refuels an F-4 Phantom II aircraft during Theater Force Employment Exercise IV

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, as it refuels an F-4E Pantom II aircraft during the multinational joint service Exercise BRIGHT STAR '85

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-10A Extender aircraft as it refuels a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender

A ground crewman refuels an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531 (VFMA-531), Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11), during the multinational joint service Exercise BRIGHT STAR '85

A view from the stern looking forward on the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) as it refuels the guided missile frigate USS STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG-29) during exercise Ocean Safari '85

An elevated port bow view of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) as it refuels the guided missile destroyer USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) during an underway replenishment. The ships are participating in NATO Exercise OCEAN SAFARI '85

The frigate USS AYLWIN (FF 1081) refuels from the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) during NATO Exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS '85

The fleet oiler USS MERRIMACK (AO 179) refuels the frigate USS PHARRIS (FF 1094) during NATO Exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS '85

The guided missile cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47) refuels from the German oiler FGS SPESSART (A-1442) during Exercise BALTOPS '85. In the background is one of the TICONDEROGA's two SH-60B Seahawk helicopters

A member of the Royal Air Force refuels a helicopter during relief efforts for the victims of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano eruption

The fleet oiler USS MERRIMACK (AO-179) refuels the guided missile frigate USS IOWA (BB-61) during an underway replenishment

The fleet oiler USS MERRIMACK (AO-179) refuels the guided missile frigate USS IOWA (BB-61) during an underway replenishment

The fleet oiler USS MERRIMACK (A0-179) refuels the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) during an underway replenishment

The fleet oiler USS MERRIMACK (AO-179) refuels the guided missile frigate USS IOWA (BB-61) during an underway replenishment

The fleet oiler USS MERRIMACK (A0-179) refuels a ship during an underway replenishment in heavy seas

The fleet oiler USS MERRIMACK (AO-179) refuels the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) during an underway replenishment in heavy seas

A ground crewman refuels a NASA 747 aircraft during a stopover at the base. The 747 is transporting the space shuttle Challenger to Cape Canaveral, Florida

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

AIRMAN (AMN) Kenneth Whittington, 65th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, refuels an F-5E Tiger II aircraft

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during exercise Certain Sentinel, a part of exercise Reforger '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A flight deck crewman refuels an aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65)

A fuel truck refuels a 60th Military Airlift Wing C-5A Galaxy on the flight line. The aircraft is at the base to pick up elements of a Canadian helicopter squadron assigned to the Multinational Force and Observers. The C-5A will deliver the squadron to Tel Aviv, Israel

Central Mediterranean Sea. A fuel crew refuels a Strike Fighter Squadron 131 (VFA-131) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) prior to the next scheduled launch during operations near Libya

A ground crewman refuels a US Air Force A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft on a highway during the joint US and South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '86. The highway is being used by various aircraft for emergency landing training

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft as an F-4E Phantom II aircraft from the 86th Tactical Fighter Wing refuels in flight. The 191st Air Refueling Squadron Stratotanker and its Utah Air National Guard crew are providing NATO with air tanker support under the Air Force Total Force program. This program includes Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units in active duty Air Force operations

Senior AIRMAN (SRA) Paul DeChiara, flight mechanic, 55th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron, refuels a C-9A Nightingale aircraft prior to its departure to Izmir, Turkey

An F-16C Fighting Falcon and an F-4E Phantom II aircraft, both of the 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) fly alongside as a KC-10A Extender aircraft refuels a 526th TFS F-15C. The F-4E aircraft of the 526th TFS are being replaced by the F-16C aircraft

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as the tanker refuels an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE '86

A member of the 353rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit refuels an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-10A Extender aircraft as the tanker refuels an F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel aircraft

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-10A Extender aircraft as it refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE '86

A fuel handler refuels an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

An Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82) A-7E Corsair II aircraft refuels an A-6E Intruder aircraft in flight

The West German destroyer FGS SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN (D-182) refuels from the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) during NATO Exercise Northern Wedding '86

The battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) refuels the German destroyer FGS ROMMEL (D-187) on the port side and the Dutch frigate HDMS PEDER SKRAM (F-352) on the starboard side during operation Northern Wedding. This is the first time the IOWA has provided simultaneous services to two ships since her third commissioning in 1984

The West German destroyer FGS SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN (D-182) refuels from the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) during NATO Exercise Northern Wedding '86

The fleet oiler USS PLATTE (AO-186) refuels the West German destroyer FGS HESSEN (D-184) during NATO exercise Northern Wedding '86

An AIRMAN from the 8th Aircraft Generation Squadron refuels an aircraft during Exercise COPE THUNDER '86-1

A port view of the fleet oiler USS WILLAMETTE (AO 180) as it refuels the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) during an underway replenishment

A ground crewman refuels a World War II HU-16C aircraft during a historic aircraft air show

An EC-135 Stratolifter aircraft refuels a second Stratolifter assuming the position of Looking Glass, the code name for the backup command and control post of Strategic Air Command (SAC). In the event that SAC's underground command center was destroyed by enemy attack, the crew of the flying command center would assume all functions from the air. Three Looking Glass sorties are flown daily by the 2nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron (ACCS) and the 4th ACCS

A ground crewman refuels a World War II HU-16C aircraft during a historic aircraft air show

A member of the 24th Fuel Management Division refuels an OA-37B Dragonfly aircraft during exercise Kindle Liberty. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An aviation boatswain's mate refuels an F-14A Tomcat aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71)

A crew member displays a signal sign as another crew member refuels a Helicopter Light Anti-submarine Squadron 84 (HSL-84) SH-2F Sea Sprite helicopter on the helicopter pad of the guided missile frigate USS SIDES (FFG 14). The SIDES is underway off North Island, California

An air-to-air left side view of a Fleet Composite Squadron 12 (VC-12) TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft as it refuels an RF-8G Crusader aircraft

Specialist Fourth Class (SPC) Byron Hill, 854th Supply and Service Company Utah National Guard, refuels a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter at a refueling point during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '87

A member of the Korean Service Corps refuels an AH-1 Cobra helicopter at a refueling point during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '87

Spec. 4 Byron Hill, 854th Supply and Service Company, Utah National Guard, refuels a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter at a refueling point during the joint U.S./South Korean exercise Team Spirit '87

Personnel from the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD'87

A 171th Tactical Fighter Wing F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft as another F-16A waits its turn for refueling. The aircraft are enroute to Eglin Air Force Base during the multi-service exercise Solid Shield '87

A KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft from the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, refuels a B-52G Stratofortress bomber from the 379th Bombardment Wing during Exercise KEYSTONE BADGER

Kanekichi Inada, 432nd Supply Squadron, talks with STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Sarita Tucker, 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, as he refuels a 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron aircraft during Exercise COPE NORTH'87-3

A member of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (19th AMU) refuels a 19th Tactical Fighter Squadron (19th TFS) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft during a competition in which squadron pilots and members of the 19th AMU will attempt to break the record for the

A KA-6D Intruder aircraft refuels a Fighter Squadron 142 (VF-142) F-14A Tomcat aircraft in flight during an air show off the coast of Caracas, Venezuela. The aircraft are assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A KA-6D Intruder aircraft, front, refuels an EA-6B Prowler aircraft while in flight

A view from the cockpit of an 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft as it refuels from a KC-10 Extender aircraft while en route to Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD'87