posted on Aug, 27 2013 @ 09:04 PM
I've been able to see only a couple foreign F-16s drop their tanks before. It was over Afghanistan about a year after the war kicked off. They were
flying cap missions and left station to come to the tanker. As soon as the first one was about full they got a call from the TACP on the ground for
air support. The full F-16 backed off the tanker about 200 feet, dropped its tanks, banked off and went afterburner.
After that, we turned toward the general location of the airstrike carrying the second one on the boom. He was breathing so damn hard on the boom
interphone! Almost like he was so excited to drop something. He backed up, dropped tanks (which we couldn't understand why after just tanking) and
started in the direction of his lead, in afterburner.
AWACS calls us on the radio and vectors us to the strike area and we begin circling right on top of them. I stayed in the boom pod just to have a view
of the bombs dropping! It was quite a sight. Anyway they would fly and drop bombs for an hour, come right up and tank, then drop some more. After
their relief got on station, we ferried them back to Qatar, where we got to watch the footage of the strikes from their recordings over a couple
Got one of my air medals for that combat mission (put in for the distinguished flying cross but didn't make it). It just goes to show what an air
force can do with tankers in the inventory.