KC-135R Completes First Commercial Aerial Refueling of USAF Aircraft Written 18 July 2023


F-15C Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base is refueled by a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Feb. 25, 2010. | Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Angelique Perez; Wikipedia; Public Domain

Aviation Week reports that a privately owned Boeing KC-135R “refueled two U.S. Air Force aircraft in late June, marking the service’s first air-to-air refueling from a commercial service provider.” The Metrea Strategic Mobility-owned tanker “offloaded nearly 90,000 lb. of fuel during 13 boom contacts with an RC-135 and E-3 during Exercise Resolute Hunter between June 23-29.” Metrea’s Air and Space Group head Ty Thomas said, “We look forward to supporting more U.S. Air Force refueling requirements as well as increasing demand from allies and partners.”
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