Air-to-Air with the Grim Reapers

Air-to-Air with the Grim Reapers

Postby DJdeRidder on Sat 05 Nov 2011, 12:22 pm

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to join an air-to-air refueling mission with the 493rd Fighter Squadron 'Grim Reapers'. Our KC-135 of the 100th ARW at Mildenhall refueled six of their F-15Cs over the North Sea between the UK and the Netherlands. Circumstances were difficult, but I managed to take a couple 'keepers'.

First up, our crew which included the 100th OG commander. Many thanks to all of them!
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Approaching for fuel.
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Taking fuel.
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Breaking away.
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Short 'photo moment' after refuelling.
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And one snapshot just to show you the difficult circumstances we faced:
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Hope you liked them!
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Postby bigcrow on Sat 05 Nov 2011, 2:29 pm

Fantastic opportunity. Lovely shots... :clap:
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Postby timuss on Sat 05 Nov 2011, 9:49 pm

Oh wow they are brilliant what an opportunity :clap: :clap: :cool:
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Postby SuffolkBlue on Sat 05 Nov 2011, 10:07 pm

Seems strange to have so many views yet so few replies, as I think these are superb!

What an experience that must have been. The head on shot is the one for me :clap:
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Postby HawkT1 on Sat 05 Nov 2011, 10:31 pm

wow fantastic shots
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Postby andyxh558 on Sat 05 Nov 2011, 11:20 pm

Sorry I have just noticed the thread, fantastic pictures and number 2 is the best one of the lot. I seem to remember the Boomer uses an old Phantom stick to steer the boom? oh to get that chance myself! :smile:
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Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 12:18 am

Penultimate shot is a cracker.

Would be interested to know how you managed to overcome the dirty window, because you'd never guess from looking at the other photos. Was it just a case of take as many as possible and hope for the best?
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Postby Dragon Rapide on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 7:16 am

I too have only just caught up with this thread. Fantastic pictures and great to see the F-15 in "action" - many thanks for taking the oppoortunity and sharing it with us!! :clap: :biggrin:
Listen to that Gipsy music.....

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Re: Air-to-Air with the Grim Reapers

Postby DJdeRidder on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 9:04 am

Thanks for the kind comments!

andyxh558 wrote:I seem to remember the Boomer uses an old Phantom stick to steer the boom?

He does use a stick but whether it's a Phantom stick, no clue..

LN Strike Eagle wrote:Would be interested to know how you managed to overcome the dirty window, because you'd never guess from looking at the other photos. Was it just a case of take as many as possible and hope for the best?

Well, the windows were much cleaner earlier during the flight. They got worse as time passed and it was mostly the upper side of the windows that got dirty. It was just a case of hoping the jets would approach/position in such a way that I could avoid the dirty parts.
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Postby Stu on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 4:42 pm

Nice set ! love the second shot :clap:
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Postby Aquila on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 6:39 pm

A superb set of photo's-a totally different and unique angle on LN's quite often photographed planes. Brilliant! :yahoo:

Got any more?

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Postby RickIngham on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 7:31 pm

I quite like number 1. Very lucky to get an opportunity like that! :worship:
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Postby DJdeRidder on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 12:44 pm

Aquila wrote:Got any more?

Yes I have, but basically it's more of the same..

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Postby F-86 on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 7:51 pm

Only just seen these, great set. :clap: :clap:
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Postby shaggie on Wed 09 Nov 2011, 6:22 pm

A very nice set and i know just how difficult it is to get good shot from a Tanker sortie ,the F-15 off the wing in clear blues is stunning !!
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Postby Kenny on Thu 10 Nov 2011, 8:56 am

Absolutely beautiful. What an experience that must be

Love the close ups
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Postby jimbob1194 on Thu 10 Nov 2011, 9:50 am

Fantastic! :clap: :drool:

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Postby jwarnerxh558 on Thu 10 Nov 2011, 12:19 pm

Great shots!! reminds me of flying on the VC-10s out of brize back in 2002..... good times!! :rock:
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Postby DJdeRidder on Sat 12 Nov 2011, 12:03 pm

Thanks a lot for the second batch of comments!
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Postby mr pabs on Mon 21 Nov 2011, 4:09 pm

Excellent post..... one of the best in my opinion
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Re: Air-to-Air with the Grim Reapers

Postby Dragon Rapide on Mon 21 Nov 2011, 4:57 pm

DJdeRidder wrote:
Aquila wrote:Got any more?

Yes I have, but basically it's more of the same..

You can never have too many F15s! :biggrin:
Listen to that Gipsy music.....

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Postby captain scarlet on Tue 22 Nov 2011, 2:18 pm

Brilliant set! :clap:
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Re: Air-to-Air with the Grim Reapers

Postby rob m on Fri 02 Dec 2011, 9:57 am

What a set, thanks for sharing Dirk Jan!
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