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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Banerjee said landing and midair refueling over the mountains of Taif were challenging.
B-52 carrying four live hydrogen bombs smashed into a tanker during midair refueling over Spain.
The exercises took place in late October, with reports saying that they involved midair refueling of fighter jets and quick touchdown landings by Israel Air Force combat helicopters in Cyprus.
At least, the government should fully disclose the MOU's content and make an announcement each time an ASDF plane provides midair refueling to a U.
and Western operations, as it is used for ferrying tens of thousands of troops in and out of Afghanistan each year and also hosts planes used for midair refueling of combat craft.
In early June the Israeli air force conducted the largest exercise in its 60-year history, flying more than 100 fighter bombers more than 900 miles--the roundtrip distance to some of Iran's principal nuclear targets--with the assistance of midair refueling tankers and helicopters to rescue downed pilots.
and Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman to build a fleet of new midair refueling tankers.
The same technology also promises to enhance reliability, safety and the range of operating conditions for midair refueling of manned aircraft, officials said.
Commanding SAC for over 10 years--the longest tenure of any individual--he oversaw the development of midair refueling, the establishment of new bases and units, the implementation of strict command-and-control systems as well as tough operational inspections, and the creation of plans for integrating intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic airpower.
For starters, you get to talk to the driver over a CB radio, which makes you feel like you're piloting a KC-135 Tanker involved in the farm equivalent of midair refueling.
On Japan's defense policy, the review said Japan's plan to introduce a midair refueling aircraft would not pose a threat to surrounding countries and territories.
The Defense Agency hopes to procure a Boeing 767 or Airbus 310 to serve as a midair refueling aircraft using the agency's budget for fiscal 2001, State Secretary for Defense Masataka Suzuki said Tuesday.