in-flight refueling


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in-flight refueling

The fueling of an aircraft from another aircraft when both are in flight. The basic system consists of a refueling probe on the receiver aircraft and one or more cone-shaped drogues at the end of hose(s) trailing from the tanker aircraft. The pilot of the receiver aircraft guides the probe into the drogue. The probe also may be put into the receiver aircraft by the probe operator in the tanker aircraft. The fuel valve in the probe nozzle opens when contact is made and closes when the contact is broken. The rate of flow is between 200 to 500 gallons per minute. In-flight refueling is also possible from one suitably modified combat aircraft to another combat aircraft, and, in this case, it is known as buddy refueling, refueling from a buddy store.
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In-flight refueling planes help to extend the flight range of fighters.
Tokyo is also accelerating development of missile defenses, building its commando forces, and working on creating an in-flight refueling capability for its fleet of F-15 aircraft, which would give them the ability to strike North Korea.
Hitchcock Industries converted this in-flight refueling trough used on military aircraft from a fabrication to a casting.
By increasing range, payloads and flexibility, in-flight refueling enables American and allied forces to rapidly deploy people and equipment to hotspots around the globe.
The report said that because the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force has finally achieved funding for in-flight refueling capability, the move has provoked ''some concern in the region that Japan may be departing from its constitutional commitment to maintaining self-defense forces only.''
(Seattle, Wash.), saying that CATIC would turn over in-flight refueling technology to the People's Liberation Army and would use Mamco as a front to acquire sensitive know-how from other companies.
Examples include the development of the DC-3 (in response to more passenger capacity relative to mail), later adapted for military use, or the Boeing KC-135, built for in-flight refueling of bombers only to give rise to the successful model 707.
has trained Saudi soldiers and sold the kingdom arms for decades, direct support to the Saudi coalition began in 2015, during the Obama administration, with intelligence sharing, logistical support and in-flight refueling. The Pentagon ordered an end to in-flight refueling last November.
"We support the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after consultations with the US Government, to use the Coalition's own military capabilities to conduct in-flight refueling in support of its operations in Yemen," the statement, published on the department's website, read, RIA Novosti reported.
In 1979, the Defense Department started the Cargo-Experimental program, as the Air Force was looking for a large air mobility platform with in-flight refueling capabilities for global reach missions.
VAQ-132 was then tasked with the dual missions of electronic countermeasures and in-flight refueling. In 1971, the squadron was the first to transition to the EA-6B Prowler.
The Air Force Air Mobility Command has pursued integrating the separate systems in use today for training pilots, air crews and boom operators to simulate an actual in-flight refueling mission as a way to maintain readiness and reduce costly live flights.

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