May 19, 2022
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RAAF refueling venture
The Royal Australian Air Force took a significant step forward in airlift capability when two giant RAAF aircraft conducted air-to-air refuelling for the first time. The refuelling trials took place during a two-hour sortie off the Queensland coast, between a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and a C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft. The aircraft made a number of contacts between the MRTT’s Aerial Refuelling Boom System and a receptacle above the Globemasters’ cockpit. The two aircraft, both over 50 metres in length, had to fly in close formation, requiring a high degree of skill from the pilots. Air-to-air refuelling will allow Globemasters to fly for much longer and carry heavy payloads further without having to land.