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“…The new MQ-25 carrier-based unmanned tanker completed its first aerial refueling flight with an E-2D aircraft.

The MQ-25 Stingray achieved another first on Aug. 18, 2021, by conducting the first air-to-air refueling with an E-2D aircraft at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois.

The Boeing-owned MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, transferred fuel to an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the most recent variant of the Hawkeye platform, that was given an AAR (Air-to-Air Refueling) capability in 2019, in a test that follows the very first aerial refueling between an unmanned tanker and a manned receiver aircraft that took place on June 4, 2021, with the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 test asset flying from MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah (Illinois) and employing the Cobham Aerial Refueling Store (ARS), and a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet…”