On the 5th of September, 1983, 4 USAF F-4E Phantom jets were flying over the Atlantic en route to Europe along with the support of a KC-135 known as “North Star.” These five aircraft were part of a larger number of Phantoms and tankers on a routine trans-Atlantic flight. To make the crossing, the Phantoms would need to tank a total of 8 times to fill their thirsty engines.
(Ed.: This amazing story comes from our friends over at the Sierra Hotel Aeronautics Facebook page. It is one of bravery and a reminder that many heroic feats occur even when our military forces are far from hostile territory. It also serves as a reminder of how awesome and important our tanker force truly is.)