Watch the KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew perform aerial refueling operations for military aircrafts

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct 17, 2016. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Douglas Ellis/Released)

Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) 17-2 is a premier military training exercise that many aircrews can’t get anywhere else, putting them in real-life scenarios they might face in combat.

Underway at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, it draws military personnel from across the world for the two-week exercise, including the Royal Thai Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force, Royal Danish Army, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and other nations.Image result for Watch the KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew perform aerial refueling operations for military aircrafts

KC-135 Stratotanker aircrews from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, play a critical role in Red Flag-Alaska 17-2.

The two-week long exercise provides a means to prepare for many situations and build a stronger, more efficient coalition with foreign allies.

This video presents footage of the always amazing, and American-only performed, mid-air aerial refueling that has changed the way long-distance aerial campaigns are planned and executed.

https://youtu.be/vTjUw6HDLOE

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