Close call: E-3 AWACS almost collides with KC-135 tanker mid-air October 19, 2012Posted by David Cenciotti in : Aviation Safety, Military Aviation , trackback
It must have been one of the most frightening view in the career of the KC-135′s flying boom operator.
A NATO E-3 Sentry almost hit the tail of the tanker and its flying boom during air-to-air refueling operations. Not only the close proximity of the two large planes was dangerous, but also the evasive maneuver the pilot performs to avoid collision: the AWACS (airborne early warning and control plane) pulls several negative G-forces to gain quick separation from the refueler.
According to the user who uploaded it to Youtube, the aircraft was damaged and some crew members hurt as a consequence of the maneuver.
- Michigan ANG KC-135s at RAF Mildenhall to support local tanker force (currently deployed all over the world) (theaviationist.com)
- UK’s first RC-135W “Airseeker” intelligence gathering aircraft in service by the end of 2013 (theaviationist.com)