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Refueling Over Iraq

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 8:35 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

[UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I’m going to place the video after the fold because it starts up automatically and is kind of loud. Be warned: adjust your volume before you click “more.”]

Refueling over Iraq with photojournalist Ed Darack.

There are more videos at the Smithsonian Air & Space website, including a video of WWI pilot training at Kelly Field in San Antonio, TX.



14 Responses to “Refueling Over Iraq”

  1. Reminiscent of a giant hummingbird sipping nectar.

    Other than that, it reminds me of Harrison Ford’s, “Get off of my plane!!”

    MD in Philly (d4668b)

  2. Good idea, Patterico, and sorry about the noise.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  3. Major Kong?

    Comment by Official Internet Data Office — 2/8/2010 @ 8:42 pm

    I was thinking Maverick, Goose and Iceman, but that is a good one too.

    JVW (63fdce)

  4. Good idea, Patterico, and sorry about the noise.

    Oh, no problem at all. It’s a cool video.

    Patterico (c218bd)

  5. KC-130 (Marines) refueling F-18F Super Hornets…

    i didn’t see the monkey straps, but i sure hope those Marines were wearing them, since i didn’t see chutes either.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  6. Comment by redc1c4 — 2/8/2010 @ 11:12 pm

    You’ve got to look closely, but you can make out security tethers + the author says he was “strapped in”. He also ID’s the jets as “D” model Hornets.

    AD - RtR/OS! (3884b0)

  7. Brings back memories of passing and receiving gas back in the day. USAF, but the same idea. Still seems like a most unnatural act!

    Bill M (d248fb)

  8. see them this time, and D model makes equal sense…. especially since i wasn’t there. %-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  9. That’s not noise, that’s the sound of freedom.

    ropelight (257a63)

  10. Those weren’t Super Hornets. You can tell by the shape of the intakes, among other identifying features.

    grs (c4740b)

  11. Was a boom operator on both the KC-135 and the KC-10. Always said it was the best “non-flying” flying job in the world! Two highlights…refueling the F-117 while it was still a “black” program, and refueling the Thunderbirds.

    The Hawk (140b53)

  12. Hmm… AIM-9 missiles in addition to the standard mix of air to ground munitions? What air threat could they be concerned with? Are they flying CAP near the Iran border?

    Mark (510c75)

  13. The Hawk, that must have been totally amazing. Working with a top secret stealth bomber when it was a secret would be an amazing experience.

    Mark, I guess the sidewinders are just a precaution. Better have them and not need them than vice versa. You never know when something unexpected happens in that part of the world. Iran has some of the fastest interceptors in the world, if they actually work.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

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