Tens of thousands watching jumbo tankers flying near Ukraine

March 01, 2022

Tens of thousands are watching jumbo tankers flying near Ukraine on Flightradar 24.

At UTC 22.30 February 28, the tracking website shows a USAF KC-10 (above) flying orbits over Romania close to Moldova, supporting spy planes that are stationed just off the Ukraine border.

The USAF has 60 KC-10 tankers, the military version of the DC-10, for aerial refueling of various military aircraft. This particular KC-10 is based in the UK.

A KC-10 refuels an F-16 while two other fighters await their turn. Credit SSGT JERRY MORRISON – COMBAT CAMERA

Another tanker that is being tracked is a Royal Air Force KC2 Voyager (A330) tanker (below) which is operating out of Cyprus and is orbiting over Romania right on the Black Sea.

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A Royal Air Force KC2 (A330) tanker refuels a Tornado and Eurofighter. Credit RAF/Airbus

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