VIDEO: Air-to-Air Refueling Takes Some Delicate Flying by the Fighter Guys as Well as by the Tanker Crews
SHARE THIS: This is a great look at the air-to-air refueling operations of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) CC-130T Hercules and CC-150T Polaris aircraft during the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The Hercules is seen refueling the RCAF’s CF-188 Hornets, while the Polaris refuels United States Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets. The CC-150 Polaris aircraft is also used for strategic airlift for the Canadian Forces, its VIP transport, moving troops and humanitarian aid around the world. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of coordination from all pilots involved to match up the retractable probe with the basket, since it isn’t always stable. Once they are hooked up they are able to pass gas to them at about a couple thousand pounds a minute! Watch the video in HD below and notice the Hawaiian music in the background that relates to their operating area. Must be nice.