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Refueling a Warthog at Night

How difficult is Aerial Refueling?

One of the most challenging exercises military pilots must perform is refueling their aircraft from a tanker jet midair. It takes years of training to become proficient at this task, and it requires intense sustained focus every time to perform successfully.

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C-5 Unloading a Black Hawk

U.S. Service members unload a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft at Bagram Airfield, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan/Released)

U.S. Service members unload a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft at Bagram Airfield, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2013.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan/Released)

U.S. Service members unload a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft at Bagram Airfield, in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan/Released)

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.50-Cal Machine Gun Night Training

Spc. Felix Guerrero, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from the 346th Military Police Company, waits in a Humvee turret for his crew's turn to qualify on an M2 .50-Caliber Machine Gun during night fire at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 18, 2018. The 346th MP Company hosted and conducted a 3-week gunnery training and range for approximately 30 vehicle crews to qualify day and night on crew serve weapons that included the M2 .50-Caliber Machine Gun, the M240B Machine Gun, the MK19 Grenade Launcher and the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 3-22, 2018. Soldiers from the 603rd MP Company also participated in the training and qualification lanes. Each crew was assigned to one specific weapon system and a vehicle for qualification. Vehicles included both the up-armored Humvee and the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), which was equipped with both the M2 and the MK19. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Spc. Felix Guerrero, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from the 346th Military Police Company, waits in a Humvee turret for his crew's turn to qualify on an M2 .50-Caliber Machine Gun during night fire at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 18, 2018. The 346th MP Company hosted and conducted a 3-week gunnery training and range for approximately 30 vehicle crews to qualify day and night on crew serve weapons that included the M2 .50-Caliber Machine Gun, the M240B Machine Gun, the MK19 Grenade Launcher and the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 3-22, 2018. Soldiers from the 603rd MP Company also participated in the training and qualification lanes. Each crew was assigned to one specific weapon system and a vehicle for qualification. Vehicles included both the up-armored Humvee and the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), which was equipped with both the M2 and the MK19. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Spc. Felix Guerrero, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from the 346th Military Police Company, waits in a Humvee turret for his crew’s turn to qualify on an M2 .50-Caliber Machine Gun during night fire at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 18, 2018. The 346th MP Company hosted and conducted a 3-week gunnery training and range for approximately 30 vehicle crews to qualify day and night on crew serve weapons that included the M2 .50-Caliber Machine Gun, the M240B Machine Gun, the MK19 Grenade Launcher and the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) at Fort Riley, Kansas, May 3-22, 2018. Soldiers from the 603rd MP Company also participated in the training and qualification lanes. Each crew was assigned to one specific weapon system and a vehicle for qualification. Vehicles included both the up-armored Humvee and the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), which was equipped with both the M2 and the MK19. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

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75th Anniversary Eagle Scheme

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle heritage paint scheme aircraft sits on the flightline, Nov. 8, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Members of the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight worked for more than one month to complete the paint scheme in honor of the 4 FW’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle heritage paint scheme aircraft sits on the flightline, Nov. 8, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Members of the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight worked for more than one month to complete the paint scheme in honor of the 4 FW’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle heritage paint scheme aircraft sits on the flightline, Nov. 8, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Members of the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight worked for more than one month to complete the paint scheme in honor of the 4 FW’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

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Osprey at Nellis

An Airman assigned to the 14th Weapons Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, stands outside of a CV-22 Osprey helicopter before a night mission for the United States Air Force Weapons School advanced integration at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 10, 2017. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that possesses the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

An Airman assigned to the 14th Weapons Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, stands outside of a CV-22 Osprey helicopter before a night mission for the United States Air Force Weapons School advanced integration at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 10, 2017. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that possesses the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

An Airman assigned to the 14th Weapons Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, stands outside of a CV-22 Osprey before a night mission for the United States Air Force Weapons School advanced integration at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 10, 2017. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that possesses the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)