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 Probe and Drogue air-to-air refuelling methodology practiced by IAF pilots requires exceptional flying skills as the receiving aircraft has to accurately insert the receptacle probe into the basket shaped drogue trailing behind the fuel tanker aircraft.
com)-- With just one week to go, there is still time to secure attendance for the highly anticipated, Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference.
Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR), the ongoing US-led military effort against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgent group which has occupied significant parts of both countries, has highlighted the lack of air-to-air refuelling capabilities among the participants.
The base will add to the UK's already strong defensive presence in the region, with military assets including Royal Air Force Tornado aircraft, a remotely-piloted air system, Hercules transport aircraft, air-to-air refuelling and surveillance aircraft.
The squadron was about to embark on air-to-air refuelling trials and Beetham coordinated the programme.
As such, the P-8A will not be able to refuel from RAF Voyagers, which use a different configuration for air-to-air refuelling.
Today I've offered President Hollande the use of RAF Akrotiri for French aircraft engaged in counter-ISIL operations and additional assistance with air-to-air refuelling," Cameron said in a statement to reporters.
The XH558 was one of the last six Vulcans in service, all of which had been converted for air-to-air refuelling.
These boss mount strainers are said to be ideal for lubrication systems or for applications such as large fuel pumps in air-to-air refuelling systems which need a coarse inlet screen to filter out unwanted containments and debris, without the risk of pressure drop.
Voyagers based at RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, were sent to provide air-to-air refuelling support while communications and radar assistance was given from the National Air Defence Operations Centre.
An RAF spokesman said: "We'start planningthe trail four weeks in advance and determine where each air-to-air refuelling will take place.
Tornado jets are supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

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