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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During the flight from India to Australia and back, Su-30 MKI will carry out air to air refueling with IL-78 tankers.
Air chief marshal Sir Glen Torpy, Chief of the Air Staff, told Panorama he was satisfied the air to air refueling was safe.