Aviation Photo #1016462 Boeing E-6B Mercury (707-300) - USA - Navy

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Rare shot of a refueling operation about to take place with a KC135 extending the boom to a Navy E-6 high above the city of Green Bay.
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    Flightline Aviation Media - Bruce Leibowitz
    USA - Navy
    Boeing E-6B Mercury (707-300)
    Boeing 707-300 (C-18/C-137/E-3/E-6/E-8)
    Boeing 707-300 (C-18/C-137/E-3/E-6/E-8)
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    Green Bay
    Wisconsin
    USA
    February 9, 2006
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Comments (39)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool shot! But why is the 747 the only one with contrails?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, very rare shot! 5/5
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very Rare Catch, Good To See There Are Still Some Sharp Eyes Out There.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I don´t understand why one makes contrail and the other doesnt. Both are basicly the same plane.. same engines I think.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very unique perspective!! Well done.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing in-flight refueling photo...kudos. What FL are they at?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Spectacular! What more can i say? T.B.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Tremendous use of telephoto lens to their fullest. I guess the photo was taken because of two close flying planes and the fact that they were about to refuel was a bonus noticed later. Great job!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome shot, thanks for sharing such a rare photo with us.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I am a KC-135 boom operator, in my opinion the third best job possible in the world after pilot (2.) and astronaut (1.). This picture helps show some of the differences that prove that the -135 is not directly based off of the 707 (as the E-6 is), specifically the wing and fuselage length (amongst other things).

Anonymous
11 years ago
Great!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Woah cool shot, this is a very rare opportunity and i am very glad that he got to take a pic of.

good job bruce
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome, being in the right place at the right time. Rare opportunity to see two amazing aircraft within refueling range of teach other!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice Bruce, thats an awesome shot! Shame we cant see the hose.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible picture. mass kudos to the photographer
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think I can call this "airmeal"
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW...you must not be a Packer fan! What a rare shot this must be!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot, showing precisely what can be done during flight with large aircraft.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Talk about 'right place, right time'! Well done.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome, truly a rare pic.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome! But imagine refueling during turbulence. T.B.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot. There is no hose (as one visitor thought) on that aircraft. The plane getting fuel will move right up to the end of the boom. They don't use a hose with a drag bucket.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This picture speaks for itself.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shooting!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
That is one very nice and rare picture... Well done!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dangerous overtakes not only on motorways ... :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great capture of a rare and unique moment.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It has a shadow in the sky!
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's a great shot!! As a former KC-135 Crew Chief myself, I really am quite impressed with such a shot...as the boomer said previously, you really can see the difference between the KC-135 and the 707-based E-6. Very well done!! Jaysen F. Snow - Shawnee, KS
Anonymous
10 years ago
Looks like they're chasing eachother.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! What an incredible moment captured! And to the very first visitor: The aircraft is a E6, based upon the Boeing 707. There are now 747s in this shot. Both aircraft do however have contrails, however the contrails of the higer aircraft form further behind it than tha the lower aircraft. Tkae a look behind the E6, and you will see two sets of contrails.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent photo...Had a chance to ride in a KC135R when I was in the CAP with my local unit. Watched the boom operator refuel 2 C-5B's...That was a gas!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Gotta love these double-shots.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I flew in an E-6 a few years back at Tinker AFB (and NAS Tinker) in Oklahoma(where E-6's are based) and they still have the same 3 place cockpit but the cockpit has been upgraded to all glass. Along with many more mods, nice shot
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice shot! I hate to think how much the glass that was used cost the photographer. I've spent a lot of time behind the tanker in both the E-6A and B.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great picture. Love seen this from the spectators point of view

-E-6B Pilot
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great comparison between what I assume are the youngest and oldest derivatives of the 707 still in regular service. Full credit to boeing for one making an airframe that lasted the test of time and 2 for a design with a long production span

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