Air Refueling Archive

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History of Refueling

Great documentary about Air Refueling that aired on the Military Channel.

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January 22, 2011 Posted by | 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, B-47, B-52, Boom Operator, Boom Pod View, F-104, F-105, F-15, F-16, F-4, History, KB-29, kb-50, KC-10, KC-135, KC-135A, KC-97, Probe/Drogue, Question Mark, Receiver View, Video | 2 Comments

F-105 with both probe and receptacle

This F-105D Thunderchief has both a probe for probe and drogue refueling and a receptacle for boom refueling.

\F-105 probe and drogue receptacle

Close up view of the F-105 Thunderchief's refueling probe.

F-105 probe and drogue receptacle

Image Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Republic_F-105D-6-RE_refueling_probe_detail.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/3368317805/

January 20, 2011 Posted by | 1960s, Boom Pod View, F-105, KC-135, Probe/Drogue | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Refueling

I’ve been searching high and low for pictures of F-104 Starfighters doing in flight refueling. I’ve finally run across some decent examples.

F-104 Starfighter refueling probe.

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F-104 Starfighter refueling from KC-135

A F-104C refuels from a boom to drogue adapter (BDA) equipped KC-135 Stratotanker

A F-104C refuels from a boom to drogue adapter (BDA) equipped KC-135 Stratotanker

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Image Sources:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/divemasterking2000/271653150/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/3369142600/sizes/z/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_orear/3367992874/
http://www.916-starfighter.de/Gallery/gallery_sp_22.htm
http://www.landspeed.com/classroom/classstarfighterhistory.html
http://www.militaryfactory.com
http://elpoderdelasgalaxias.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/lockheed-f-104c-starfighter-the-always-thirsty-missile-2/

January 20, 2011 Posted by | 1960s, Boom Pod View, F-104, KC-135, Probe/Drogue | , | 3 Comments

KA-6D of VA-145 Refueling an EA-6B of VAQ-137

Here is a picture I took some thirty years ago while deployed to the Indian Ocean on USS Ranger CV61 as a member of Attack Squadron One Four Five. We had a strength of 10 “Es” and 5 of the “Ks”. I do believe that the 80-81 cruise was the last for the KA-6D. The S-3s started to carry buddy stores and drops for the job after this.
BTW the Prowler is from VAQ 137.
Regards,
Glenn M. Cassel
AMH1(AW)
US Navy
Retired

Image Source: Glenn M. Cassel

January 8, 2011 Posted by | 1980s, A-6, E/A-6B, External View, Probe/Drogue | , | 1 Comment