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Inflight Refueling Tanker Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/4/2014

In-flight Refueling Tanker Aircraft are one of the unsung logistical heroes of war.

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There are a total of 27 Inflight Refueling Tanker Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2011
Airbus A330 MRTT
The French Airbus A330 MRTT (MultiRole Tanker Transport) is a modern militarized version of the commercial-minded A330-200 se...
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2013
Airbus Military A400M Atlas
The Airbus A400M "Atlas" is billed as long-range military transport and represents a multi-national development effort. To da...
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2012
AirTanker Voyager (A330 MRTT)
The Royal Air Force had long since relied on a capable, though aging, fleet of Lockheed L-1011 TriStar and Vickers VC10 serie...
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2014
Antonov An-70
The Antonov An-70 is a Ukrainian transport aircraft - currently in development as of 2012 - intended to replace the aging fle...
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1956
Avro Vulcan
The Avro Vulcan formed the second point on the triangle in the British "V-Bombers" collection - a series of three high-altitu...
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1948
Boeing B-50 Superfortress
Though looking every bit the identical twin of the World War Two-era B-29 Superfortress (also produced by Boeing), the B-50 i...
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1944
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
A post-World War 2 design, the C-97 was developed by The Boeing Company from its Model 367 product - a military-minded transp...
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1956
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
The KC-135 Stratotanker proved to be a monumental product for the Boeing corporation in more ways than one, firstly solidifyi...
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2018
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
The Boeing KC-46 was selected to replace the aging line of Boeing KC-135 "Stratotankers" through the KC-X program - a competi...
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2012
DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
KQ-X is a program designation commissioned by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) of the United States to modif...
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2015
EADS KC-45 (KC-30)
The KC-45 is/was a joint proposal from primary contractor Northrop Grumman of the United States and subcontractor EADS (Europ...
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2016
Embraer C-390
To head off the sudden global military need for a modern medium-lift transport system estimated to come within the next ten y...
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1957
Handley Page Victor
The Handley Page Victor formed the last part of the RAF's "V-Bomber" triangle also consisting of the Vickers Valliant and the...
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1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s and is still operating to...
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1974
Lockheed / Vought S-3 Viking
The S-3 Viking series of carrier-borne aircraft was a joint production effort from the Lockheed and Vought aircraft firms. Se...
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2013
Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
The Lockheed HC-130J "Combat King II" is a long-range Search and Rescue (SAR)/aerial refueling platform utilized by the Unite...
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1962
Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
The Lockheed KC-130 Hercules is a combination tanker-transport aircraft based on the hugely successful like of high-wing C-13...
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2011
Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
The Lockheed MC-130J "Commando II" is an in-flight refueling platform of the United States Air Force, intended to refuel heli...
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1986
Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow
The Lockheed MC-130P "Combat Shadow" debuted with American forces in the Vietnam War when it was known under the designation ...
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1981
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing KC-10 Extender
The KC-10 Extender airframe is based on a modified Boeing DC-10 (more precisely the "DC-10-30CF" model) and retains some 88 p...
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1971
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was one of several "tri-engine" jet-powered airliners developed into the 1970s. The aircraft mark...
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1955
Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
The Myasishchev M-4 (NATO codename of "Bison") was developed to a Soviet Navy requirement for a jet-powered, long-range marit...
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1957
Supermarine Scimitar
The Supermarine Scimitar was an oft-forgotten carrier-based, jet-powered, single-seat fighter for the British Fleet Air Arm. ...
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1954
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
The Tupolev Tu-16 (codenamed "Badger" by NATO) owed its success story to the Cold War and its own versatility. Throughout its...
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1955
Vickers Valiant
At a time when military satellites, ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and UAVs didn't rule the battlefield, the West was...
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1964
Vickers VC10
The VC10 was born under the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) brand label founded in 1960. The company was something of a co...
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