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KC-135 Low Pass Over an Aircraft Carrier? Sure…Why not?


Flyovers aren’t that rare but an Air Force tanker doing a low pass over a Navy Aircraft Carrier?  That’s pretty rare.  It shows the view from a KC-135R Stratotanker flying low over the Pacific Ocean near several ships that participated in Rim of the Pacific, 2016. Among them are the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.

The KC-135R Stratotanker, which is a military aerial refueling aircraft, offloaded 42,700 pounds of fuel to four F-22 Raptors in support of the exercise near the Hawaiian islands.

Many ships, submarines, and aircraft from 26 nations participated in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) from June 30th to August 4th. The festivities took place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and in Southern California. RIMPAC, which began in 1971, is the world’s largest international maritime exercise. It is held in Honolulu during June and July of even numbered years.

This video footage was shot by Tech Sergeant Lauren Gleason.  It was posted to Airboyd on YouTube.

About the KC-135R

The KC-135R Stratotanker is a Boeing aircraft. More than 800 of this model were produced between 1955 and 1965. It has a per unit cost of almost 40 million dollars. The KC-135R Stratotanker has been used in the Viet Nam war, Operation Desert Storm, OIF, OEF, and continues in service around the globe.  It is anticipated that some KC-135s will be replaced by the KC-46.

About the F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is a single seat, twin engine, all weather, stealth aircraft. It has a per unit cost of about 150 million dollars. It first flew in 1997, but was not introduced to the public until 2005. While over 700 were originally planned to be produced, there are less than 200 F-22 Raptors in existence, all of them produced between 1996 and 2011.

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