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The F-15 connected to the refueling boom. Each fighter jet received approximately 2000 lbs of fuel (about 295 gallons), which only takes 15-20 minutes.
The KC-10 parked at Gate 12 at the American Airlines terminal at JFK.
When landing and departing JFK, the tanker received priority over other airplanes. The KC-10 is a modified Boeing DC-10 and has 88% of its systems in common with the commercial jet.
Bronx-born Master Sargent Ray Cruz III points out some features of the KC-10. The 75 passenger seats can be removed to allow for additional cargo.
No cargo on this flight. Just the media and up to 356,000 pounds of fuel.
Master Sargent Kingsley Rose from Queens goes over a checklist before a fuel-hungry F-15 arrives.
The call signs of the jets in the refueling mission: Rage 1 and 2, Killer 1 and 2, OPEC 70 (a nice nod to the oil organization). Rage 2 didn't make it off the ground from Massachusetts.
The F-15 from the 104th Fighter Wing approaches the KC-10's boom.
The cockpit of the KC-10 with the pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer.
A F-15 off the left side of the KC-10. Before and after refueling, the F-15s were seen in dogfighting exercises far off in the distance.
Through the door window, a F-15 hangs out for a photo-op.
Back at JFK, travelers take photos of an odd sightâan Air Force plane parked at a gate.
OPEC 70 on its way out of the terminal.
The firetrucks at JFK honor the departing plane.