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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A B-52 bomber of the Strategic Air Command collides with a KC-135 tanker during midair refuelling 31,000ft over the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain.
Israeli jet fighters, including F15s and F16s, have taken part in extensive exercises alongside the Greek air force, practising midair refuelling and "dummy runs" in a show of force to Iran and the international community.
The P- 8I will have a midair refuelling capability that would provide it longer legs and provide room for extended missions.
military flight tests have shown how drones could handle midair refuelling by themselves, without human pilots, which raises the possibility of automated "flying gas stations" topping off robotic aircraft over future battlefields.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently flew two modified RQ-4 Global Hawk drones in close proximity to simulate midair refuelling.
However one of the most remarkable and eventful highlights was midair refuelling, performed by latest midair refuelling aircraft, purchased by PAF; which successfully performed their midair refuelling tasks on participating F-16 and JF-17 Thunder jet fighters, fully exposing the contemporary capabilities of PAF.
The Ministry of Defence cancelled midair refuelling of Nimrods and launched an investigation.
SEVEN American air crew were presumed dead last night after their midair refuelling plane crashed into a mountainside in Pakistan.
Pakistan would be acquiring three more midair refuelling aircrafts by the next year (2010), The Daily Times reports.
The plane is equipped for midair refuelling so it can stay aloft almost indefinitely.
Harrier jets, with their midair refuelling capabilities, will also have the capacity to strike at targets in Afghanistan while providing air support for the naval task force.