first published on August 8, 2016 by Will
Feast your eyes on rare footage of F-22 Raptors conducting refueling operations with the aid of a KC-10 Extender tanker as part of the international coalition Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The video above is filmed with the use of a night vision device, while the video below is filmed during daylight hours. These Raptors have been upgraded to hold eight GBU-39 small diameter bombs, but before the upgrade they could only carry two JDAMs. These additional munitions mean more time hunting the enemy before having to rearm, making the need for aerial refueling that much greater.