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    Inflight Refueling Tanker Aircraft

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

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





    There are a total of (32) Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Base models, that is those airframes making up tanker variants, are also included in this listing.




    2011
    Airbus A330 MRTT
    The French Airbus A330 MRTT (MultiRole Tanker Transport) is a modern militarized version of the comm... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus A330 MRTT

    2013
    Airbus Military A400M Atlas
    The Airbus A400M "Atlas" (formerly "Grizzly") is billed as long-range military transport and represe... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Military A400M Atlas

    2012
    AirTanker Voyager (A330 MRTT)
    The Royal Air Force had long since relied on a capable, though aging, fleet of Lockheed L-1011 TriSt... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the AirTanker Voyager (A330 MRTT)

    2016
    Antonov An-70
    The Antonov An-70 is a Ukrainian transport aircraft - currently in development as of 2012 - intended... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-70

    1956
    Avro Vulcan
    The Avro Vulcan formed the second point on the triangle in the British "V-Bombers" collection - a se... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro Vulcan

    1948
    Boeing B-50 Superfortress
    Though looking every bit the direct copy of the World War 2-era Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" heavy bo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-50 Superfortress

    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 -... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter

    1999
    Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
    The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet" carrier-borne fighter line of the United States Navy (USN) pro... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

    1956
    Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
    The KC-135 Stratotanker proved to be a monumental product for the Boeing corporation in more ways th... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

    2018
    Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
    The Boeing KC-46 was selected to replace the aging line of Boeing KC-135 "Stratotankers" through the... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus

    2012
    DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
    KQ-X is a program designation commissioned by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) of t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)

    2011
    EADS KC-45 (KC-30)
    The KC-45 is/was a joint proposal from primary contractor Northrop Grumman of the United States and ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the EADS KC-45 (KC-30)

    2018
    Embraer KC-390
    To head off the sudden global military need for a modern medium-lift transport system estimated to c... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Embraer KC-390

    1963
    Grumman A-6 Intruder
    The Grumman A-6 "Intruder" was a dedicated strike platform designed to a United States Navy (USN) re... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman A-6 Intruder

    1957
    Handley Page Victor
    The Handley Page Victor formed the last part of the RAF's "V-Bomber" triangle which also included th... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Handley Page Victor

    1975
    Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
    The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)

    1984
    Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
    The Soviet / Russian military has received a great number of years of faithful service from its Ilyu... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)

    1974
    Lockheed / Vought S-3 Viking
    The S-3 Viking series of carrier-borne aircraft was a joint production effort from the Lockheed and ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed / Vought S-3 Viking

    1956
    Lockheed C-130 Hercules
    Easily one of the most successful military aircraft of the post-World War 2 age, the Lockheed C-130 ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules

    2013
    Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
    The Lockheed HC-130J "Combat King II" is a long-range Search and Rescue (SAR)/aerial refueling platf... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II

    1972
    Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
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    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

    1962
    Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
    The Lockheed KC-130 Hercules is a combination tanker-transport aircraft based on the hugely successf... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules

    2011
    Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
    The Lockheed MC-130J "Commando II" is an in-flight refueling platform of the United States Air Force... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed MC-130J Commando II

    1986
    Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow
    The Lockheed MC-130P "Combat Shadow" debuted with American forces in the Vietnam War when it was kno... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow

    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" mod... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas / Boeing KC-10 Extender

    1971
    McDonnell Douglas DC-10
    The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was one of several "tri-engine" jet-powered airliners developed into the... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10

    1955
    Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
    The Myasishchev M-4 (NATO codename of "Bison") was developed to a Soviet Navy requirement for a jet-... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)

    1957
    Supermarine Scimitar
    For its part in history, the Supermarine Scimitar served the British Fleet Air Arm (FAA) as a carrie... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine Scimitar

    1954
    Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
    The Tupolev Tu-16 (codenamed "Badger" by NATO) owed its success story to the Cold War and its own ve... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)

    1955
    Vickers Valiant
    At a time when military satellites, ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and UAVs didn't rule the ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Valiant

    1964
    Vickers VC10
    The VC10 was born under the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) brand label founded in 1960. The comp... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers VC10

    1967
    Vought / LTV A-7 Corsair II
    Developed as a successor to the Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" series of carrier-based strike fighter, the LT... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought / LTV A-7 Corsair II