Hot refueling on the fly
Senior Master Sgt. Nick Obusek, left, and Tech. Sgt. Nathan Geist, right, 74th Aerial Refueling Squadron boom operators, monitor for fuel leaks and flames during a hot refueling of a KC-135R Stratotanker, July 12, 2023, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. Hot refueling allows an aircraft’s engines to remain running while being refueled, increasing the capabilities of aircraft to land anywhere, refuel and take-off much faster.