aerial refueling

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aerial refueling

A method of extending the range of military aircraft by refueling them from tanker aircraft in air. Air refueling can be done by tanker aircraft or by specially modified combat aircraft. In the latter case, it is known as buddy refueling. Also known as air-to-air refueling. See also buddy refueling.
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Aerial refueling is a complex, challenging and sometimes dangerous operation so we need the highest fidelity training systems to prepare our aircrews for mission success," said Ewan Ward, Project Director, Project Air 5402 - Air to Air Refueling, Defence Materiel Organisation.
Air chief marshal Sir Glen Torpy, Chief of the Air Staff, told Panorama he was satisfied the air to air refueling was safe.