Showing in-flight refuelling by the Strategic Air Command over the Atlantic Ocean. Film shows a?
Showing in-flight refuelling by the Strategic Air Command over the Atlantic Ocean. Film shows a routine transatlantic deployment, with F-100 fighters from US bases on their way to Noron Air Force Base. Spain. On such transatlantic deployments, the jet tankers crew does more than merely providing fuel to the fighters. It also handles the over water navigation because it carries more complete navigational equipment and a larger crew. KC-135 jet tankers like the one in the film are replacing the older piston engined types because they can carry the fuel, farther and faster. The fighters are Tactical Air Force planes; the tankers belong to the Strategic Air Command. They are staged from the same bases as the fighters.