In close quarters: HMH-361 aerial refueling

In a classic illustration of no platform fights alone, the organic tanking capability of the USMC is a crucial element empowering the entire force by its capacity to integrate seamlessly with the force.

 

 

  • In the first photo, a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 “Raiders,” flies during an aerial refuel training mission over San Clemente Island, Calif., April 26. Six pilots trained during a six-hour flight aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 “Flying Tigers,” based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
  • In the second photo, a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., stands poised to receive fuel during an aerial refueling training mission over San Clemente Island, Calif., April 26.Precision is vital to connecting the probe to the basket and requires a steady hand to remain connected during fuel tranfers.
  • In the third photo, Pilots with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 “Flying Tigers” based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., switch out of the co-pilot seat aboard a CH-53E, April 26. The pilots were conducting an aerial refueling exercise with a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 “Raiders” based out of MCAS Miramar, Calif., over San Clemete Island, Calif.
  • In the fourth photo, Pilots with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 “Flying Tigers,” based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., fly directly below a KC-130J during an aerial refueling mission over San Clemente Island, Calif., April 26. Aerial refueling enables a CH-53E to remain in flight for longer time periods and distances.
  • In the final photo, Maj. Eric D. Purcell, the aircraft maintenance officer with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 “Flying Tigers” and a New Milford, Conn., native, walks toward several CH-53E Super Stallions minutes before taking off from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., April 26. The six-hour mission was to conduct an aerial refuel training where fuel is passed mid-flight from aircraft to aircraft.

 

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