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379th AEW Airmen conduct first-ever refueling mission with Qatari Emiri Air Force

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A Qatar Emiri Air Force Rafale receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, while conducting the first-ever in air refueling mission between the countries over southwest Qatar Dec. 28, 2020. This event built familiarity with air-to-air process with both air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

jets prepare to refuel mid-air

Three Qatar Emiri Air Force Rafales prepare to receive fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, while conducting the first-ever in air refueling mission between the countries over southwest Qatar Dec. 28, 2020. This event built familiarity with air-to-air process with both air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

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Two Qatar Emiri Air Force Rafale fly behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, before conducting the first-ever in air refueling mission between the countries over southwest Qatar Dec. 28, 2020. This event built familiarity with air-to-air process with both air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

jet refuels midair

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, participates in an air-to-air refueling exercise with Qatar Emiri Air Force Rafale aircraft over Qatar, Dec. 28, 2020. The exercise was designed to build familiarity with the air-to-air refueling process with both U.S. and Qatar forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- A Qatar Emiri Air Force Rafale receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, while conducting the first-ever in air refueling mission between the countries over southwest Qatar Dec. 28, 2020. This event built familiarity with air-to-air process with both air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)