air-to-air 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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Air Commodore Tony Barmby, Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group, said, "As the UK ends 18 years of combat operations in the skies over Iraq, I am privileged to have had the opportunity to command the RAF folk who support, engineer and operate the Tornado GR4 strike/recce aircraft, VC10 air-to-air refueling tankers and C-130 transport aircraft.
The military hasn't always looked favorably on the idea of air-to-air refueling.
A common pattern for US planes is an air-to-air refueling soon after takeoff, more refueling mid-flight, if necessary, and an additional refueling on the way home.
The HC-130J is also tasked for airdrop, airland, helicopter air-to-air refueling and forward-area ground refueling missions.
After completing a night air-to-air refueling, the Master Caution light illuminated and an Engine Lube Low warning appeared on the pilot fault list display.
During an air-to-air refueling connection with an MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft from RAF Mildenhall, England, the world outside the Pave Hawk went white.
air strikes, British tanker aircraft have been providing air-to-air refueling support to U.
Air-to-air refueling aircraft will also be made available.
About the VC-10: The VC-10 C1K is a dual-role Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refueling aircraft.
We normally provide logistical support, assault landings, expeditionary operations and air-to-air refueling to the Ospreys, said U.
A high resolution, panoramic and 3D-vision surveillance system enables the boom operator to remotely control boom operations from the cockpit during air-to-air refueling during daylight or nighttime operations.
The Airbus A330 MRTT, an air-to-air refueling tanker aircraft with multi-tasking capacity, is founded on the highly successful Airbus A330 commercial aircraft.

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