Photo: A USMC EA-6B Prowler departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 8, 2017. USAF/SSgt Trevor T. McBride
Several new impressive images taken from USAF KC-135R tankers have emerged on the internet.
They depict a number of current assets in theater, including US Marine Corps EA-6B Prowlers of VMAQ-3 ‘Moon Dogs’, 1st Fighter Wing F-22A Raptors, 48th FW F-15Es and Belgian Air Force F-16AMs.
The F-15E shots reveal 500lb laser JDAMs are currently being carried, plus a single AIM-9M Sidewinder and four live AIM-120 AMRAAMs (the F-15E is not yet capable with the AIM-9X). Interestingly, the Belgian F-16 carries a centerline ALQ-131 jamming pod as well as GBU-12s and AMRAAMs.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 21, 2017. USAF/SSgt Trevor T. McBride
An F-15E Strike Eagle pumps out flares during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 21, 2017. USAF/SSgt Trevor T. McBride
A Belgian Air Force F-16AM seen over Iraq in June. USAF/SSgt Michael Battles
August 2017The August 2017 issue of Combat Aircraft presents a series of features to mark the 70th anniversary of the USAF. <br><br>Our lead feature showcases the 114th Fighter Wing South Dakota ANG, with exclusive images. <br><br>Our cover story relates to the B-1B Lancer and a story on the 28th Bomb Squadron schoolhouse and a feature covering deployed operations in Guam.<br><br>We also look at the display debut of the F-35A in Paris, an air power rundown of the USAF fighter community and a look back at F-117s in Operation ‘Desert Storm’ and F-105 Thunderchiefs in Vietnam.<br><br><b>PLUS</b> That Syrian shootdown by a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet.