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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'The Air Force has pretty valuable and important resources, especially in regards to air refueling,' Hamtak said.
At this point, air refueling as we know it today began to develop.
The Air Force's 2005 Tanker Requirement Study called for an air refueling fleet of at least 500 aircraft.
Categories: National Defense, Air defense systems, Air Force bases, Air Force Commercial Fee-For-Service Air Refueling Pilot Program, Air Force procurement, Contract authority, Contractors, Cost analysis, Defense procurement, Fee-for-service plans, In-flight refueling, Military aircraft, Military forces, Multiple award procurement, Multiyear contracts, Program evaluation, Reporting requirements
At home, the command has provided air refueling support to fighters protecting our cities, and airlift for other Homeland Defense operations.
Based on months of study and Office of the Secretary of Defense review, the report states that air refueling was not a candidate for civilianization since it is an inherent combat capability critical for the Navy and Marine Corps and was particularly critical to the Air Force in order to execute the Global Strike and Global Mobility missions.
The men and women of the 121st Air Refueling Wing are among the best in the world at what they do and I was glad to come back to Rickenbacker to once again see their work firsthand, said Brown.
Before assuming command of the 315th in April 2015, Gilmour served as commander of the 916th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
Several potential solutions presented themselves, one of these concerned increasing the range of existing bombers via air refueling.
Dougherty, "Air Refueling: The Cornerstone of Global Reach--Global Power," research report (Maxwell AFB, AL: Air War College, 1 April 1996), http://dtlweb.au.af.mil///exlibris/dtl/d3_1/apache_media/L2V4bGlicmlzL2R0bC9kM18xL2FwYWNoZV9tZ WRpYS8yNTQ5NQ==.pdf.
* 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Crews have come and gone, but the mission has continued flawlessly since 2001."The air refueling mission is a total team effort, said Col.