Clear skies, contrails, a radio receiver tuned on the boomfreq, three KC-135 tankers and a lot of thisty receivers taking part to the Red Flag exercise. These are the things that make the following one of the geekiest videos I’ve seen recently.
Filmed from the ground by Paul Raguse from a spot located about 11 miles West of Caliente, Nevada, along Highway 93 on Mar. 9, 2012, the video shows two tankers equipped with the flying boom and one with the hose and drogue system refueling F-22s, F-15s, F-18s.
With a nice finale: the transit of a high flying B-2 stealth bomber.
- Belgian Air Force F-16s refueling from U.S. tanker over Afghanistan. With boom operator’s audio (and some wasted fuel…) (theaviationist.com)
- If you thought an aerial tanker’s “flying boom” was rigid, you better watch this video (theaviationist.com)
- Nellis Aggressors’ F-15 in new “splinter” color scheme at Red Flag 12-2 (theaviationist.com)
- More fancy Nellis’s Aggressors color schemes: “Blizzard” and “Arctic” F-16C (theaviationist.com)
I remember the movie “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag”