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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

United States Air Force officers monitor radar consoles aboard an NKC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in flight during a joint tactical information distribution system (JTIDS) training exercise

U.S. Air Force officers monitor radar consoles aboard an NKC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in flight during a joint tactical information system (JTIDS) training exercise

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, top, preparing to refuel a KC-10 Extender aircraft

AN air-to-air overhead view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

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

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

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

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

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 right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, with a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in the background, in flight over snow-capped mountains

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, front, flanked by a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, center, and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in flight over snow-capped mountains

A view of a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft undergoing last-minute maintenance for an alert mission. A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, in the background, is landing

A right side view of a B-1 bomber aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over the base range during testing and evaluation. The KC-135 is assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard

Right side view of a B-1 bomber aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over the base range during testing and evaluation. The KC-135 is assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard

A left side view of a B-1 bomber aircraft as it nears the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in flight during testing and evaluation. The KC-135 is assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard

A right side view of a B-1 bomber aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over the base range during testing and evaluation. The KC-135 is assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard

Rear view of a B-1 bomber aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over the base range during testing and evaluation. The KC-135 is assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard

Right side view of a B-1 bomber aircraft approaching a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft to be refueled over the base range during testing and evaluation. The KC-135 is assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from Aeronautical Systems Division

A right side view of a B-1 bomber aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over the base range during testing and evaluation

A right side view of a B-1 bomber aircraft approaching a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, to be refueled, over the base range during testing and evaluation. Following the bomber is an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 422nd Tactical Fighter Wing

Front view of a B-1 bomber aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over the water off the California coast, as seen from the boom operator's section, during testing and evaluation. The Stratotanker is assigned to the 22nd Bomb Wing

Troops leave a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft after completion of a mission during exercise Busy Prairie II

Troops leave a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft after completion of a mission during exercise Busy Prairie II

A view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft rolling down the runway after landing. The aircraft is assigned to the 319th Bomb Wing and is participating in exercise Busy Prairie II

AN air-to-air front view of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft heading toward a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for refueling, as seen from the boom operator's section of the tanker, during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The Corsair is from the 112th Tactical Fighter Group, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, and the Stratotanker is from the 147th Air Refueling Squadron

Security policeman SSGT Roland Hughes is on night guard duty near a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft at the Pittsburgh International Airport during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The airman is assigned to the 171st Security Police Squadron

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-106 Delta Dart aircraft being refueled from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as two other Delta Dart aircraft wait for refueling during a training mission. The F-106 aircraft are from the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-106 Delta Dart aircraft being refueled from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The aircraft are from the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-106 Delta Dart aircraft being refueled from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as two other F-106 aircraft wait to be refueling during a training mission. The Delta Dart aircraft are from the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

Bottom view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a C-141 Starlifter aircraft during exercise Ocean Venture '81. Picture is taken from the interior of the Starlifter aircraft

Right side air-to-air view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft (front) refueling a C-141 Starlifter aircraft during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '81

An air-to-air top front view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in preparation for refueling, taken from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a flight from March Air Force Base, Calif., to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

An air-to-air top front view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in preparation for refueling, taken from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a flight from March Air Force Base, Calif., to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

An air-to-air right side view of two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft undergoing refueling operations with a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, during a flight from March Air Force Base, Calif., to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

An air-to-air right front view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in preparation for refueling, taken from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a flight from March Air Force Base, Calif., to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

An air-to-air top front view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in preparation for refueling, taken from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a flight from March Air Force Base, Calif., to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

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