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KC-135 Refueling Crew Saves Fighter Pilot Over Afghanistan

Short | 01:48

When a damaged F-16 flying over hostile Afghanistan territory is leaking fuel and in danger of crashing, the KC-135 crew makes mid-air contact to refuel it all the way back to base.

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Quite simply, the KC-135 Stratotanker is the backbone of American air power. This aerial refueler has allowed America's military aircraft to reach across the globe for the past 60 years, carrying up to 200,000 pounds of fuel with a transfer rate of 1,000 gallons per minute. Join us as we celebrate an aircraft that's always on call, always ready to adapt to unexpected situations, and always carrying enough fuel to feed thirsty U.S. fighter jets and keep them flying around the clock.

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