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F-117s Cleared To Refuel From All KC-135s As “Retired” Stealth Jets Expand Operations

February 4, 2021
US Air Fore photograph.

From the Drive.com website

The F-117 has been cleared to refuel from the entire KC-135 force again 13 years since its “retirement” and 38 years since its first flight.

The Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) has issued a formal order that all KC-135 Stratotankers are now cleared to execute aerial refueling operations with F-117 Nighthawks. The order is quite the ‘back to the future’ directive as the F-117 was first cleared for aerial refueling operations in the mid-1980s and has been officially retired for 13 years now, although this really isn’t the case for a number of the remaining ‘Black Jets.’ 

This new unclassified order, which is titled “Air Refueling Operations Approval for KC-135 and F-117 Aircraft,” states, in part: Continue reading

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