Two F-35C carrier variant fighters refuel from a single KC-130
The refueling seen from a different angle – notice the drogue nozzles in place in the F-35C refueling ports
F-35C in hangar
KC-130J refueling a single F-35C
F-35C on full afterburners at night
KC-130J with dual probe and drogue hoses deployed
For the first time, a pair of F-35C Joint Strike Fighters have simultaneously refueled from a KC-130 tanker aircraft. The aircraft's afterburners burn an enormous amount of fuel, so an important part of most missions will be refueling before or after combat, or both. This is why the successful dual refueling is an important benchmark for the JSF family.
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