Earlier this week, the badass X-47B drone became the first ever unmanned aircraft to refuel while in the air. Think about how cool this is, the drone has to meet the KC-707 tanker plane in the air, position itself perfectly to snatch onto the fuel line and then gas itself up with no one on board. So freaking cool. More »
The Navy’s unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator, the X-47B, not only plugged into a refueling basket trailing behind an Omega KC-707 tanker, but it also sipped gas from it for the first time. This historic mission is slated to be the X-47Bs last in what has been an incredibly successful test program with huge implications. Read more...
The Navy successfully tested autonomous aerial refueling for the first time with its Northrop Grumman X-47B test unmanned aerial vehicle on Wednesday, marking the end of the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Air Vehicle demonstrator (UCAS-D) program,...Show More Summary
Feeling dizzy? These amazing vortices were formed by the MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft during its flight to the Kadena Air Base in Japan on March 19th. Read more...
The Il-78M-90A tanker is a version of the Il-76MD-90A aircraft. The new aircraft will be the main aerial tanker designed for refueling aircraft of long-range, front-line and special aviation.
Americas As expected, Boeing announced the details of its impending reorganization. A new group called BDS Development will take over management of six major programs, including the KC-46 tanker. The coming Air Force decision regarding...Show More Summary
Jordan has released a video montage showing the kickoff of its retaliatory air campaign against ISIS in Syria. Over 20 Jordanian F-16s struck ISIS targets while US F-22s, F-16s, surveillance and tanker aircraft supported them. Although the idea of such a campaign represents a powerful show of force, the video hints at a much grimmer and more questionable story. Read more...
Libya's recognized government said it forced a tanker from delivering fuel to its rival administration, diverting the vessel to its own territory by threatening an air attack on it.
Aerial tankers can fuel up hungry jets, turboprops and even helicopters equipped with a refueling probe by trailing a hose and drogue behind them. In smooth air, such a mating dance can be a challenge, in rough air and bad visibility it can become downright scary. Show More Summary
Video:Meet RJ. RJ is the short name the Country Fire Association has for one of its RJ85 Large Air Tanker planes that load up with fire retardant to slow the advance of vicious bushfires in Victoria. Thankfully, the CFA attached an action camera to the underside of RJ so we can see it dumping the agent on the fire from close up. Awesome. Keep up the good work, CFA. More »
Boeing and the US Air force have announced the successful first test flight of the KC-46A tanker program. Set to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers, the KC-46A is designed to act primarily as an airborne refueling tanker, but can also carry passengers and cargo, or act as a medivac airplane. .. Show More Summary
Yesterday we were the first to show you the USAF's new KC-46 Pegasus tanker demonstrator doing high speed taxi runs at Paine Field in Everett Washington. Now the highly modified Boeing 767 in military uniform has leaped into the air for the first time. Read more...
A fiery accident on I-78 in New Jersey left one person dead after a fuel tanker exploded, sending a column of flames close to 100 feet into the air. The accident took place in Union Township, where Interstate 78 approaches the intersection with the Garden State Parkway. Show More Summary
California's fleet of 22 fire fighting air tankers was cleared after investigators found no evidence that a tanker’s fatal crash at the Dog Rock Fire at Yosemite was a result of faulty equipment. Breitbart News reported last week that...Show More Summary
The air tanker that went down while fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park this week, killing the pilot, did not appear to have mechanical issues, officials announced Friday.
The daughter of a veteran firefighting pilot said he "died a hero" when his air tanker crashed Tuesday while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.
As investigators arrived Wednesday to determine the cause of a fatal air tanker crash at Yosemite National Park, officials temporarily grounded the Cal Fire airplane fleet and rescuers retrieved the pilot's body from a steep canyon.
On a patch of dirt at the boundary of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, the body of the pilot who died when his air tanker crashed during the firefight the day before was transferred from the care of the park to his own agency.
A pilot using an air tanker to battle a massive wildfire at Yosemite National Park died after the aircraft crashed on Tuesday. Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant told CNN that authorities lost contact with the pilot on Tuesday afternoon while the aircraft was fighting what is being called the Dog Rock Fire at Yosemite. Show More Summary
The air tanker pilot who died in a crash at Yosemite National Park on Tuesday had a 13-year record of fighting wildfires from the air in California, officials said.