Watch these photos captured by a U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling the B-2 bomber enroute to Rose Bowl flyover

Jan 09 2016 - 3 Comments

Here are some incredible photos captured by a Travis Air Force Base KC-10 Extender aircrew.

We have already published a cool aerial photograph and footage of the flyover conducted on Jan. 1, 2016, by a B-2 Spirit belonging to the 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri that opened the 102nd Rose Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.

Here are some interesting images from the “backstage” as the stealth bomber was refueling mid-air from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base: although part of its flight took the aircraft above Pasadena, the B-2 bomber was involved in a standard long-range training sortie that included AAR (Air-to-Air Refueling).

B-2 Travis refueling

The photograph below clearly shows the Spirit’s rotating dorsal receptacle: once the refueling has finished the fuel intake required to connect with the tanker’s flying boom, rotates and hides itself into the fuselage to avoid an RCS “hotspot” that would affect the B-2 stealthiness.

B-2 Travis AAR 2

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


  • Camille Ratel

    super photo!!!!! concernant le ravitaillement en plein vol du B2 SPIRIT

  • Marco

    The last picture… Do you imagine Rambo downing the B-2, spraying that flat surface with his M60 machine gun from the tanker? That would be epic! The B-2 spiraling down leaking inflamed hydraulics, then breaking in two-three parts, crew ejecting and then the main chunk exploding in bits. Maybe in the next Rambo movie?

  • FlyingBarrister

    Imagine the first time the young airmen in the tankers outside the R&D program saw a new B-2 bomber approaching for a top off. It would have been a heckuva sight.