Air Refueling Archive

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KC-97 Video Tour

Here are a couple of videos that show the interior of the KC-97 including a brief view of the boom pod.

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | 1950s, 1960s, 2000s, KC-97, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Airbus A330 Tanker Boom

The fly-by-wire boom allows refueling at altitudes up to 35,000 ft and speeds of 180-325 knots, Airbus says, adding that the fuel transfer rate is up to 1,200 US gal/min (4,500 l/min) at 50 psi. Fully extended, the boom measures 17 meters in length.

A F-16 sits in contact behind an Airbus A330 MRTT. The ruddevators appear to form a more acute angle than those of the KC-135. Also to be noted are the fences on the ruddevators and vortex generators on the boom fairing. Otherwise this is a very familiar sight  to KC-135 boom operators.

This image is 1920×1080 pixels and may be an indication of the fidelity that can be expected from the remote viewing system.

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | 2000s, A330, Boom Pod View, F-16, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Convair UC-880 Tanker

A US Navy Convair UC-880 refueling an F-14

An air-to-air left side view of a UC-880 Convair aircraft assigned to the Naval Air Test Center, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, refueling a TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft.

A Convair UC-880 aircraft, the only such aircraft in U.S. Navy service, refuels an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The Convair is assigned to Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, and is employed in Tomahawk cruise missile testing and refueling aircraft procedures.

The United States Navy purchased one 880 which was modified as an in-flight tanker. Unofficially designated UC-880, it was assigned to the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, and employed in Tomahawk cruise missile testing and aircraft refueling procedures. The UC-880 was destroyed in a cargo hold explosion test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995.

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | 1990s, CV-880, External View, F-14, F-18, Probe/Drogue, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments