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KC-10 tanker refuels CV-22 Osprey aircraft

21st March 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A US Air Force 20th Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey aircraft has carried out tactical air-refuelling missions with a KC-10 Extender aircraft from 6th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, during training in New Mexico from 7-11 March.

During the multiple missions, the KC-10 refuelled the Osprey aircraft at an altitude of approximately 10,000ft.

Between the six different fuel tanks designed into its frame, the KC-10 can hold more than 350,000lb of fuel; the ability to refuel the CV-22 in flight offers an increase in capabilities for the squadron.

According to the air force, the training was focused around the mission of having proficient air refuelling capability in a deployed location so that the CV-22 aircraft can operate for longer flights more frequently.

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