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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Iran does not provide in-air refueling for warplanes used in daily bombing runs over Yemen.
US involvement has included targeting support for Saudi warplanes, in-air refueling for Saudi bombers, and naval participation in the illegal blockade of Yemen.
support in Africa likely would take the form of airlift, logistics, in-air refueling, intelligence, command and control communications, and surveillance (including use of satellites and drones).
They met up with a KC-135 Stratotanker to give the pilot and co-pilot in-air refueling practice.
Without the capability of in-air refueling, many missions would not be possible.
The base is also the home of large tanker aircraft that are used for in-air refueling of fighter planes on combat missions over Afghanistan.