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RAAF KC30A Aids USMC F18 with engine trouble over Iraq
« on: October 31, 2015, 11:09:14 »
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RAAF KC-30A Refuels USMC Hornet with Engine Trouble Over Iraq

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued October 29, 2015)
In an Australian first, a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has refuelled a United States Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18C Hornet with engine trouble over Iraq.

The USMC Hornet was flying a combat mission against Daesh over Northern Iraq when it was forced to shut down one of its two engines due to a mechanical issue.

Short on fuel, the Hornet requested air-to-air refuelling support from the RAAF KC-30A.

A challenging feat at the best of times, air-to-air refuelling with an engine-out Hornet had only ever been conducted in flight testing scenarios and never before from the RAAF aircraft over a war-zone.

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Re: RAAF KC30A Aids USMC F18 with engine trouble over Iraq
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2015, 11:23:08 »
BZ glad the Hornet was able to get the help he needed.