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Kickin’ ISIS Ass: Night Vision Flying With A-10s, F-22s and a B-52

A B-52 refueling from a KC-10 in the middle of the night, flying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve earlier this month. Credit: USAF

The U.S. Air Force recently released some rarely seen b-roll footage of some of our favorite warplanes conducting mid-air refueling ops at night, and the views are pretty cool to say the least, so we compiled some of them together for you.

Below, watch a KC-10 Extender provide aerial refueling to a B-52 Stratofortress and a couple A-10 Thunderbolt IIs in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) on August 5.

OIR aims to “degrade ISIS’ ability to inspire, resource and direct terror attacks around the world,” according to the USAF, and U.S. forces – along with coalition partners – have turned many ISIS leaders into ash recently, specific details of which you can read about HERE.

The 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, part of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, is responsible for delivering fuel for U.S. and coalition forces, enabling a persistent 24/7 presence in the area of responsibility, and provided the footage in the video above.

Stick around for the F-22 Raptors following the A-10s, which was shot over an undisclosed location in Southeast Asia in support of OIR on July 13, 2016.

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Mike Killian

Written by Mike Killian

Killian is an aerospace photographer and writer, with a primary focus on spaceflight and military and civilian aviation. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments.

When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery, as well as watching planes of course.

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