[Video] F-15E Strike Eagles refuel from KC-135 tanker over the Persian Gulf

Sep 13 2013 - 6 Comments

A flight of F-15E Strike Eagles of the 366th Fighter Wing deployed from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker belonging to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during a mission over the Persian Gulf, on Aug. 30, 2013.

A unspecified number of Strike Eagles and about 300 personnel from the airbase near Boise, are deployed in Southwest Asia. The aircraft are based at an “undisclosed location”: most probably Djibouti, from where an F-15E contingent has been (covertly) operating for more than 10 years in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa as an Expeditionary Squadron of the 380th Expeditionary Operations Group, based at Al Dhafra, in the United Arab Emirates.

Top image credit: U.S. Air Force


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  • Tomcat

    Anyone know what’s being bled off the wing tips at the end just after disconnecting from the boom?

    • Flyn_Bryan

      It appeared to be excess fuel. Perhaps he was bleeding off fuel to obtain a certain weight profile?

      • Guest

        That is the vent ports for the fuel system. Probably just took on a little too much.

    • guest

      Well, that’s right about where the fuel dump pipe is, so I’d assume it was dumping fuel. I have no clue why they would do so right after topping off their tanks though o.o

      • Ano N. Ymous

        Could it be done in order to drain the piping from the receptacle to the tanks proper?

  • Justin Watson

    Air Force can’t get anyone to wash the window for the boom operator, huh?