FRIDAY FOTO (August 12, 2016)

August 12, 2016 at 11:59 pm 1 comment

Bird’s Eye View.

Sumos provide aerial refueling during Exercise Pitch Black 2016

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Nicole Zurbrugg

Marine Corporal Chris Lawler, crewmaster on an KC-130J aerial refueling tanker observes a Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet approach the refueling hose during Exercise Pitch Black 2016 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Australia.

The jets line up parallel to the wing of the tanker until cleared by the pilot, then maneuver to a position about 10 to 15 feet behind the hose, then to a pre-contact position three feet behind the basket until cleared for contact. At contact, the pilots plug in until refueled.

Lawler is with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

The Australian air force hosted the three-week, biennial, multinational training exercise.

 

 

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  • 1. GP Cox  |  August 13, 2016 at 6:40 am

    In my book, all these troops are amazing!

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