Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

View, taken from another aircraft, of a Lockheed KC-130 Hercules (A/C No. BH 8891) connected by conventional probe and drogue system to a Sikorsky (S-61R) CH-3C Jolly Green Giant (A/C No. 12580) during the first helicopter aerial refueling connection in history. The connection was made near Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina on December 15, 1965. William Donald Eastman piloted the Sikorsky (S-61R) CH-3C Jolly Green Giant. This connection was a feasibility test and no fuel was transferred.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Airplanes
  • Helicopters

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


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