Aerial refueling is one of the most important techniques currently in use by the U.S. Military.
The technicality and ingenuity of this operation has simply extended American warplanes’ reach beyond what most people ever thought possible. And that’s the beauty and importance of it, because it solved American military aircrafts’ fuel limitation, leaving virtually nowhere they can’t reach.
This video shows a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling a pair of F-16C Fighting Falcons.
The 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, part of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, is responsible for delivering fuel for U.S. and coalition forces, enabling a persistent 24/7 presence in the area of responsibility.