The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), better known as the Night Stalkers, and their state-of-art tricked-out helicopters are notoriously shy, operating primarily at night. They are recognized among US SOF members as the masters of infiltration and exfil ops.
But the famed unit and their specially modified MH-60M Black Hawks took part in the Marine Corps’ Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course capstone exercise in Arizona in September 2017. During the drills the Night Stalkers flew an aerial refueling mission at sunset, sucking gas from a KC-130J tanker, and the conditions couldn’t have been better for some dramatic and downright beautiful video of the operation.
The incredible clarity and slow motion give us a fairly unique view of these aircraft that seem to be more comfortable operating in the shadows than in the light. You can even see their extended booms wobbling around as they go about their business. You’ll be absolutely delighted with the video which you may find below.