US Aircraft In Mid-Air Refueling

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An F-15E Strike Eagle approaches the refueling boom of a tanker aircraft during a routine patrol over Northern Iraq on Jan. 12, 1999, in support of Operation Northern Watch. Northern Watch is the coalition enforcement of the no-fly-zone over Northern Iraq. The Strike Eagle is deployed from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vincent A. Parker, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
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An F-15E Strike Eagle approaches the refueling boom of a tanker aircraft during a routine patrol over Northern Iraq on Jan. 12, 1999, in support of Operation Northern Watch. Northern Watch is the coalition enforcement of the no-fly-zone over Northern Iraq. The Strike Eagle is deployed from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vincent A. Parker, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
02 An F-15 Eagle aircraft assigned to the 71st Fighter Squadron out of Langley Air Force Base, Va., receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing during a combat air patrol mission in support of Operation Nobel Eagle over Washington, D.C., on Oct 7, 2007. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
Operation Iraqi Freedom
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 763rd Expeditionary Refueling Squadron during a mission over Iraq Sept. 3, 2008. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II, U.S. Air Force/Released)
Operation Enduring Freedom
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender air-to-air tanker from the 908th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron refuels a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft over Afghanistan on Dec. 15, 2008. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
Iraqi, Enduring Freedom/CJTF-HOA
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is refueled by an Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during a mission at a base in Southwest Asia on April 24, 2010. The 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, as part of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, supports operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

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