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F-35C completes first in-flight refuel with United States Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft 2508134

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World Aviation Industry News - Lockheed Martin
 
 
F-35C completes first in-flight refuel with United States Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft.
 
On Aug. 20, an F-35 Lightning II carrier variant (CV) refueled from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 for the first time. With the completion of this test, the F-35C joins the A and B models in proving that all three variants of the F-35 can be refueled from a common tanker platform, despite different methods.
     

F-35C carrier variant fighter aircraft completes first in-flight refuel with U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft.
     
The aircraft, known as CF-1, was piloted by Lt. Col. Patrick Moran. Earlier this month, the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft squadron, completed its first flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is an aerial refueling military aircraft.
The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force.

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