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Super Hercules serves as refueler during RIMPAC

  • Video: Jamm Aquino and William Cole

    Refueling two Hawaii-based CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters at 1,000 feet.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A CH-53E Super Stallion linked up to the fueling chute of a KC-130J Super Hercules helicopter for a midair refuel on Friday off the north coast of Kauai.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Crewmembers performed a preflight check on a KC-130J aircraft, also known as a Super Hercules, before takeoff on Friday at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The helicopter refueled two CH-53E Super Stallion choppers during a RIMPAC exercise.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Lance Cpl. Matthew Isabell walked near a KC-130J aircraft before takeoff on Friday at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The refueling pod is seen under the wing at center.

At about 1,000 feet over the Pacific between Oahu and Kauai, the Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules had to slow way down to let a Kaneohe-­based CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter catch up. Read more

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