in-flight refueling


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in-flight refueling

The fueling of an aircraft from another aircraft when both are in flight. The basic system consists of a refueling probe on the receiver aircraft and one or more cone-shaped drogues at the end of hose(s) trailing from the tanker aircraft. The pilot of the receiver aircraft guides the probe into the drogue. The probe also may be put into the receiver aircraft by the probe operator in the tanker aircraft. The fuel valve in the probe nozzle opens when contact is made and closes when the contact is broken. The rate of flow is between 200 to 500 gallons per minute. In-flight refueling is also possible from one suitably modified combat aircraft to another combat aircraft, and, in this case, it is known as buddy refueling, refueling from a buddy store.
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