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List of tanker aircraft


List of tanker aircraft

Luftwaffe Airbus A310 MRTT in 2007.

This is a list of tanker aircraft (aircraft used for aerial refueling) categorised by type of refueling system.


  • Boom and receptacle 1
  • Probe-and-drogue 2
  • Wing-to-wing 3
  • Looped hose 4
  • References 5

Boom and receptacle

A KC-135E Stratotanker refueling a KC-10 Extender, 1991.


de Havilland Sea Vixens probe-and-drogue refueling at a 1960s Farnborough Air Show
USAF HC-130P refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk
An Australian Boeing 707 refueling a US Navy F/A-18 in 2002
Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-78 with three refueling hose-drogue units (two wing, one fuselage)


Looped hose

  • Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow used for early in flight refueling experiments by Flight Refuelling Ltd, including supporting Short Empire flying boat crossings of the north Atlantic which proved the feasibility of in-flight refuelling as a regular activity, and later inventing the probe and drogue system.


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  2. ^ "Boeing 707 - Omega Air Tanker/Transport (United States), Aircraft - Fixed-wing - Military". Jane's. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
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