Photo: A USMC EA-6B Prowler departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 8, 2017. USAF/SSgt Trevor T. McBride
Several new impressive images taken from USAF KC-135R tankers have emerged on the internet.
They depict a number of current assets in theater, including US Marine Corps EA-6B Prowlers of VMAQ-3 ‘Moon Dogs’, 1st Fighter Wing F-22A Raptors, 48th FW F-15Es and Belgian Air Force F-16AMs.
The F-15E shots reveal 500lb laser JDAMs are currently being carried, plus a single AIM-9M Sidewinder and four live AIM-120 AMRAAMs (the F-15E is not yet capable with the AIM-9X). Interestingly, the Belgian F-16 carries a centerline ALQ-131 jamming pod as well as GBU-12s and AMRAAMs.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 21, 2017. USAF/SSgt Trevor T. McBride
An F-15E Strike Eagle pumps out flares during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 21, 2017. USAF/SSgt Trevor T. McBride
A Belgian Air Force F-16AM seen over Iraq in June. USAF/SSgt Michael Battles
July 2018The July issue of Combat Aircraft includes an exclusive report on VFA-103 ‘Jolly Rogers’, flying the Super Hornet on their strike fighter readiness program at NAS Fallon, with exclusive photos over nearby Lake Tahoe. This was an exclusive photo shoot especially for this magazine.
We also have a feature article on how Lt Col Rick Bishop was selected for the U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ training program. The issue looks at USAF pilot retention, with an exclusive view from the T-38 training community. We also feature exclusive Russian Air Force photos from the rehearsal for the annual Victory Parade, plus a story of EF-111 Ravens in Operation ‘Desert Storm’, the new Belgian Air Force display F-16 ‘Dark Falcon’, 30 years of Turkish F-16s, Italian KC-767 tankers plus US Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawks.