[Photo] F-35B head-on during aerial refueling from a KC-10

Jun 28 2013 - 2 Comments

Taken by Dane Wiedmann and released by Code One magazine, this interesting photo shows USMC test pilot Lt. Col. Patrick Moran, flying F-35B BF-2, as he performs aerial refueling tests off of a U.S. Air Force KC-10 on Jun. 25, 2013.

F-35B aerial refueling

Image credit: Dane Wiedmann via LM

So far, the majority of the images of the F-35 being refueled came from the typical point of view of the KC-135 boom operator.

This image was taken by a KC-10 equipped with a hose (in place of the flying boom) hence the interesting perspective on the stealth plane.

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  • Steve Fortson

    The drogue isn’t in place of the boom, the KC-10 has both installed, and can use either.

    • ruger11

      You are correct. The KC-135 can only do one or the other at a time, but the KC-10 can do both on the same mission.