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US Marines Fuel F-35 Excitement

Published: 05 May 2016   updated: 10 May 2016


The United States Marine Corps is set to pack some additional punch to the international debut of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at this year's Air Tattoo by showing off the new fighter's ability to refuel in mid-air. 

On Friday, as part of the F-35B's demonstration, the Marines will also fly one of their Lockheed KC-130J Hercules aerial tankers to perform an air-to-air refuelling demo, flying together in close formation and simulating how the F-35 would take on fuel in flight, something usually performed at much higher altitudes. 

The Marines use their Hercules for transport, utility and aerial refuelling as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using the Harvest HAWK mission package.

The demonstration is part of a growing contribution being provided by the United States armed services for this year's show, which not only includes the debut of both the Marine Corps F-35B but also the United States Air Force's (USAF) F-35A and displays by the USAF's F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. 

Photo credit: Tony Osbourne 

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