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October 20, 2012

Video: AWACS Jet Nearly Crashes Into Tanker During Refueling Mission

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A couple of AWACS pilots and a KC-135 tanker boom operator each probably needed a new pair of pants after this incident.

According to The Aviationist, the NATO E-3 Sentry was damaged and some crew members were injured as a result of this maneuver.

No word on where this happened or exactly what caused it.



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  • Wow, that was way too close. Good thing all ended well considering the potentially fatal conclusion.

  • Craig Lewis

    Pucker factor 20

  • kptrojans

    DAMN! My heart was racing and I started sweating bullets while watching that. I can’t imagine what it was really like to be there. Great job by both crews to stop this from becoming a real disaster.

  • looks like they caught an updraft..Good reaction time on the AWACS driver….