On Oct. 2, two U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters conducted the first aerial refueling with a KC-130J Hercules in the sky above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
The aircraft involved in the air-to-air refuel operations belonged to the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, from Eglin, whereas the tanker was a KC-130J from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
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