The following pictures are of an air-to-air refueling. Both aircraft were at around 30,000 feet and travelling at around 200 mph. The cameraman, yours truly, was in the cockpit of an RC135 behind the pilot. For those of you that love to fly, this is quite an exciting time. During the actual refueling the aircraft are only about 10 to 15 feet apart.

As the KC10 tanker comes into view the alignment begins.

The tanker grows in size as the planes close.

The refueling boom can now be clearly seen.

The refueler's window and alignment lights become clear.

A closeup of the refueler's window.

Two rows of alignment lights.

You can't get much closer without touching.


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