Cool video shows British E-3D AEW aircraft refueling from U.S. KC-135 tanker over Iraq

Mar 28 2016 - 1 Comment

E-3 AEW (Airborne Early Warning) aircraft require aerial refuel to extend their on-station time.

The following video shows a U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, refueling a RAF E-3D Sentry over Iraq.

Both aircraft were involved in missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against the terrorist group ISIL.

Even though E-3s perform AAR quite regularly, the size of both the refueler and the receiver make the operation a bit more difficult, at least according to Sentry pilots.

A few years ago we posted a video of a NATO E-3A that almost hit the tail of the tanker and its flying boom during air-to-air refueling operations.

In that case, the AWACS came within a few meters from the KC-135 and performed a quite aggressive evasive maneuver pulling several negative g-forces to gain quick separation from the refueler.

 

  • It’s a pity none of these ever carry the radio traffic – it’s fun to hear the commands and directions as the boom operator guides in the plane.