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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Engineer and aerial refueling pioneer Dexter Kalt founded ARSAG in 1978 as a Strategic Air Command organization.
According to Robb, supplying Israel with aerial refueling aircrafts and bunker-busting munitions would help alleviate Israeli fears and thus will contribute to postponing an attack.
Boeing will build 179 next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will begin to replace the Air Force's fleet of 416 KC-135 tankers.
On this mission, Sergeant McClary said he refueled two aircraft, both EC-130S, that couldn't complete their missions without aerial refueling.
These subsidies have given Airbus an unfair advantage in the competition to replace aerial refueling tankers at the Department of Defense," wrote Democratic Senators Maria Cantwell and Debbie Stabenow as well as Republican Senators Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts, and Kit Bond.
30 the posting of the KCX aerial refueling aircraft Request for Proposal to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, signaling the official launch of the Air Force's number one priority acquisition program.
Completing 100 test flights shows great progress toward delivering the world's most advanced aerial refueling tanker,'' said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president of Tanker Programs.
However, the Air Force conventional variant is being designed with a different aerial refueling method than those used by the two other JSF variants.
To date they've flown over a quarter of a million sorties for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, close air support, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and airlift.
During their third and final aerial refueling of the mission, they experienced a brute force disconnect with a KC-135.
Aerial refueling is key to the nation's global reach in response to operations in all parts of the world.
NASA Dryden's piece of the puzzle in the Automated Aerial Refueling project is to model the behavior of the refueling tanker's drogue basket--the connector at the end of the fuel line--during the aerial refueling process.

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