Omega Aerial Refueling Services

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Omega Aerial Refueling Services
IATA ICAO Callsign
-- OME OMEGA
Headquarters San Antonio, Texas, USA
Website www.omegaairrefueling.com
One of Omega Air's Boeing 707s refuelling a Northrop Grumman X-47B in April 2015

Omega Air Refueling 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 British Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.[1]

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

As of August 2012, Omega Air Refueling operated two Boeing 707s and one McDonnell Douglas DC-10.[5]

On 22 April 2015 one of Omega Air's 707s refuelled 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.[6]

Omega Air Refueling Services Fleet:
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40 1 0
Boeing 707-320 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About us". Omega Aerial Refueling Services. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Airbus misses RAAF KC-30 MRTT delivery deadline". Australian Aviation. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "US Military Contracts for Private Aerial Refueling Services". Defense Industry Daily. 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". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Omega Aerial Refueling Services. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Stevenson, Beth (23 April 2015). "USN X-47B completes air-to-air refuelling test". Flightglobal. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 

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