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Tech. Sgt. Steve Hood, 756th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, watches as a Naval Air Systems Command P-8A Poseidon comes in on approach for an inflight refueling over the Atlantic Ocean April 13, 2017. This was the first inflight refueling of the P-8A after a year of planning with NAVAIR. The P-8A is only the second-ever Navy aircraft to be fitted with a receiver for aerial refueling; the first being the E-6B Mercury nearly 30 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen) AFRC, Navy team up for first-ever P-8A operational refueling mission
Off the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., amidst sunny April skies, boom operators with the 459th Air Refueling Wing peer out of the boom-pod window of a KC-135 Stratotanker. Headed straight for them, at speeds nearing 350 mph, is a gleaming, white, fixed-wing aircraft. As it gets closer, Chief Master Sgt. Frankie Rollins, 756th Air Refueling Squadron
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