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The KC-135 Stratotanker was linked up with a group of A-10 Thunderbolt IIs in support of the U.S.-led coalition's air campaign against ISIS when it was approached by the F-16, the Air Force said on Thursday.
The first sign of trouble occurred when the F-16 attempted to re-fuel but was forced to disconnect from the KC-135 after taking in only 500 pounds of fuel -- an amount that fell significantly short of the 2,500 pounds that the tanker expected to off-load.
After a second failed re-fueling attempt, the F-16 pilot ran through his checklist and alerted the tanker crew that he was experiencing a fuel system emergency.
"Over 80% of his total fuel capability was trapped and unusable,"
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Pharyax
Happens every so often. Transfer pump goes out, valve freezes, blockage in the fuel line because there was a little water in the fuel and it froze. There are many ways for it to happen.
was losing fuel as fast as they could pump it in
They locked him on to the boom and literally dragged him