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More: USA - Navy
More: Boeing E-6B Mercury (707-300)
More: Off-Airport - Green Bay
More: USA - Wisconsin, February 9, 2006
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16**** 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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A visitor from - posted Tue October 23, 2012:
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

A visitor from United States posted Tue December 13, 2011:
Great picture. Love seen this from the spectators point of view

-E-6B Pilot

A visitor from - posted Wed November 2, 2011:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Mon March 31, 2008:
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

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 8, 2006:
Gotta love these double-shots.

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 26, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Australia posted Fri July 21, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 12, 2006:
Looks like they're chasing eachother.

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 23, 2006:
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

A visitor from Philippines posted Fri June 23, 2006:
It has a shadow in the sky!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed May 24, 2006:
Great capture of a rare and unique moment.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat April 29, 2006:
Dangerous overtakes not only on motorways ... :-)

A visitor from Canada posted Tue March 21, 2006:
That is one very nice and rare picture... Well done!

A visitor from Japan posted Sun March 19, 2006:
Nice shooting!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 15, 2006:

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 15, 2006:
This picture speaks for itself.

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 15, 2006:
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.

A visitor from Mexico posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Awesome! But imagine refueling during turbulence. T.B.

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Awesome, truly a rare pic.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Talk about 'right place, right time'! Well done.

A visitor from Germany posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Great shot, showing precisely what can be done during flight with large aircraft.

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
WOW...you must not be a Packer fan! What a rare shot this must be!

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Tue March 14, 2006:
I think I can call this "airmeal"

A visitor from New Zealand posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Incredible picture. mass kudos to the photographer

A visitor from Australia posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Great Shot

A visitor from - posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Very nice Bruce, thats an awesome shot! Shame we cant see the hose.

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Awesome, being in the right place at the right time. Rare opportunity to see two amazing aircraft within refueling range of teach other!

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
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

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
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).

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Awesome shot, thanks for sharing such a rare photo with us.

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Mexico posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Spectacular! What more can i say? T.B.

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Amazing in-flight refueling photo...kudos. What FL are they at?

A visitor from - posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Very unique perspective!! Well done.

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue March 14, 2006:
I don´t understand why one makes contrail and the other doesnt. Both are basicly the same plane.. same engines I think.

A visitor from Canada posted Mon March 13, 2006:
Very Rare Catch, Good To See There Are Still Some Sharp Eyes Out There.

A visitor from Canada posted Mon March 13, 2006:
Wow, very rare shot! 5/5

A visitor from Australia posted Mon March 13, 2006:
Cool shot! But why is the 747 the only one with contrails?

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