The Department of Defence has released images of a RAAF KC-30A MRTT tanker-transport refuelling a US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber.
The KC-30A was conducting refuelling clearance trials with the B-1B – known to its crews as the ‘Bone’ – during a flight test program from Edwards Air Force Base, California in October and November, Defence said.
The trials were conducted by a test team led by the RAAF’s Aircraft Research and Development Unit and the USAF’s 418th Flight Test Squadron.
During 185 dry contacts and 16 wet contacts, all parameters of the air-to-air refuelling procedures between the two aircraft were examined, Defence said.
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