Video shows night aerial refueling of an F-16 during first U.S. air strike in Syria

Fully armed F-16 takes fuel from KC-135 at night.

First videos of U.S. and allied partners air strikes on ISIS targets are being released. Here’s footage of an F-16 armed with AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and GBU-12 Paveway II 500-lb LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs) taking fuel from a KC-135, as seen through NVGs (Night Vision Goggles).

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.