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Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.


Standing in the cargo bay

A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, opens the cargo bay door during a forward area refueling point training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. FARP entails the rapid transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another. On this occasion, an MC-130J Commando II and four F-16 Fighting Falcon completed the procedure with all engines running. This capability makes it possible for fighter aircraft to land, replenish fuel and return to air-battle operations within a short timeframe in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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