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Omega Air Tanker
Website www.omegaairrefueling.com

One of Omega Air's Boeing KC-707s refuelling a Northrop Grumman X-47B in April 2015

Omega Air Tanker is a company which provides aerial refueling services for military units. According to the company's website, Omega developed the first commercial aerial refueling aircraft in 1999, and has provided aerial refueling services under contract to the United States Navy since 2001.[1] The company has also been engaged to support Royal Australian Air Force training exercises due to delays to the delivery of the Air Force's KC-30A tankers.[2][3] In addition, Omega Air Refueling states that it has been contracted to support deployments by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.[1]

On 18 May 2011 one of the company's KC-707 tankers, (N707AR), was destroyed after it crashed on takeoff from Naval Base Ventura County in California. All three crew members survived.[4]

On 22 April 2015 one of Omega Air's KC-707s refuled a Northrop Grumman X-47B. The US Navy told the media that this was the first time an unmanned aerial vehicle had been refuelled in flight.[5]

In November 2019 it was announced that two KDC-10 Tankers from the Royal Netherlands Air Force will be acquired and as such additional capacity will be added, including 'boom capability' in addition to the existing 'hose and drogue' of the existing fleet. The aircraft which were bought in 1995 by the RNLAF from Martinair as civilian DC-10's which flew passengers. The planes were converted to tanker aircraft. Because the planes were getting older and the RNLAF bought 2 A330 MRTT from Airbus, they sold their old tankers to Omega Air Refueling.

The first of the 2 sold tankers, T-264 Prins Bernard, took off Monday November 4th 2019 from Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands.[6]

Fleet

As of July 2020, Omega Air Refueling operated three Boeing KC-707s and one McDonnell Douglas KDC-10. They are currently converting one 707-320 (reg. N707GF) ,a former Romanian VIP transport, into a KC-707 tanker. [7] [8]

Omega Air Tanker Fleet:
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Boeing KC-707 2 1
McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 1 2

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "About us". Omega Aerial Refueling Services. http://www.omegaairrefueling.com/about/our-story. Retrieved 9 October 2019. 
  2. "Airbus misses RAAF KC-30 MRTT delivery deadline". 22 December 2010. http://australianaviation.com.au/2010/12/airbus-misses-raaf-kc-30-mrtt-delivery-deadline/. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. "US Military Contracts for Private Aerial Refueling Services". Defense Industry Daily. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/US-Military-Contracts-for-Private-Aerial-Refueling-Services-04802/. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. Andrew Blankstein and W.J. Hennigan (19 May 2011). "3 hurt as refueling plane bursts into flames at Point Mugu". https://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/19/local/la-me-0519-plane-crash-20110519. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. Stevenson, Beth (23 April 2015). "USN X-47B completes air-to-air refuelling test". Flightglobal. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usn-x-47b-completes-air-to-air-refuelling-test-411524/. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  6. https://luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/4/militair/luchtmacht-neemt-afscheid-van-eerste-kdc-10
  7. "Frequently Asked Questions". Omega Aerial Refueling Services. http://www.omegaairrefueling.com/how-it-works/faq. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  8. "Romanian Dictators Boeing 707 Makes First Flight In Years for Delivery to Air Refueling Firm". The Drive. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32962/romanian-dictators-boeing-707-makes-first-flight-in-years-for-delivery-to-air-refueling-firm. Retrieved 16 July 2020. 

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