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A USAF KC-10 Extender refuels a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon during the 1999 Air & Space Power Expo.
A USAF KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a USAF F-15 Eagle during a training mission over Japan in 2010.

This is a list of tanker aircraft (aircraft used for aerial refueling) categorised by type of refueling system.


Boom and receptacleEdit

Boeing KC-767 refuelling tanker of the JASDF (07-3604) arrives at the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo, England
A Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 in 2013


Luftwaffe Airbus A310 MRTT in 2007.
de Havilland Sea Vixens probe-and-drogue refueling at a 1960s Farnborough Air Show
USAF HC-130P refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk
An Australian Boeing 707 refueling a US Navy F/A-18 in 2002
Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-78 with three refueling hose-drogue units (two wing, one fuselage)


Looped hoseEdit

  • Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow used for early in flight refueling experiments by Flight Refuelling Ltd, including supporting Short Empire flying boat crossings of the north Atlantic which proved the feasibility of in-flight refuelling as a regular activity, and later inventing the probe and drogue system.


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