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U.S. Marines pilot a KC-130 Hercules from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) and two MV-22 Osprey from tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 (VMM-268), fly over Northern Territory, Australia, Aug 17, 2018. Two KC-130s from VMGR-152 took part in aerial refueling of MV-22 Osprey as part…

KC-130s Refueling Over the Mediterranean

08/24/2014: On 19 June, 2014 the Air Combat Elements attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SP-MAGTF) Crisis Response and conducts as fly-by over the USS Bataan (LHD-5). The KC-130Js conduct fixed-wing and rotar-wing aerial refueling with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's Air Combat Element and rendezvous with one…

SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Refuels 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s CH-53Es over the Mediterranean Sea

07/08/2014: In the first three photos, first a CH-53E and then two are viewed, from the 22nd Expeditionary Unit conducts an aerial refuel with a KC-130 assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron- 252, over the Mediterranean Sea, June 15, 2014. KC-130Js…

Marine Aircraft in Exercise Southern Frontier in Australia

07/01/2014: In the video, KC-130 aircraft are seen refueling F/A-18 jets mid-air during Exercise Southern Frontier at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Australia. Exercise Southern Frontier is an annual bilateral training exercise between the RAAF and the United States Marine Corps with a primary focus on offensive air support.…

Special Purpose MAGTF Deploys to South Sudan

01/05/2014  The Special Purpose MAGTF is a very flexible instrument. As  Brigadier General James S. O’Meara currently serving as commander, U.S. Marine  Forces Europe, and deputy commander, U.S. Marine Forces Africa, commented about the SP-MAGTF in an earlier interview we conducted with him: The SP-MAGTF is the basic Marine Corps…

AV-8B Harrier Aerial Refueling

11//22/2013: A U.S. Marine Corps AVV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts an aerial refueling with a KC-130 assigned to Command Element 26th MEU, at 18,000 feet over Djibouti, Africa, Sept. 19, 2013.  Credit:26th Marine Expeditionary Unit:9/19/13  

The F-35, Tanking and the Fleet

06/18/2013:  By Robbin Laird In these photos provided by the 33rd Fighter Wing, F-35As are being tanked by a KC-135.  The photos were shot from the tanker during the tanking operation. Earlier this year, I wrote a piece in the Canadian journal Front Line Defence on the F-35 and tanking,…