Air Refueling Archive

Huge Collection of Air Refueling Pictures

Mirage IV Refueling

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March 16, 2014 Posted by | 1970s, Boom Pod View, KC-135, Probe/Drogue | 2 Comments

Teaching a computer to refuel an airplane

November 2, 2013 Posted by | 2010s, Probe/Drogue | Leave a comment

C-130 Refueling Two F-35 Lightning IIs

Two F-35s refuel from a C-130 tanker on 18 January 2013.

Two F-35s refuel from a C-130 tanker on 18 January 2013.

Image Source:

http://gizmodo.com/5978112/twin-f35-fighters-suckling-on-the-sweet-milk-of-freedom

January 23, 2013 Posted by | 2010s, C-130, External View, F-35, Probe/Drogue | Leave a comment

F-104 Refueling

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

Image Source:

http://elpoderdelasgalaxias.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/lockheed-f-104c-starfighter-the-always-thirsty-missile-2/

December 9, 2012 Posted by | 1960s, Boom Pod View, F-104, KC-135A, Probe/Drogue | Leave a comment

F/A-18E Buddy Refueling

This isn’t something you see every day from the boom pod; a pair of F/A-18Es buddy refueling.

F/A-18E Buddy Refueling

F/A-18E Buddy Refueling

February 5, 2012 Posted by | 2000s, Boom Pod View, F-18, KC-135R, Probe/Drogue | Leave a comment

S-3 Viking Refueling From Boom To Drogue Adapter (BDA)

Here is a rare look at a Lockheed S-3 Viking refueling from a KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

S-3 Viking Refueling from KC-135 Boom Drogue Adapter (BDA)

S-3 Viking Refueling from KC-135 Boom Drogue Adapter (BDA)

S-3 Viking Refueling from KC-135 Boom Drogue Adapter (BDA)

Image Source:

Don Killian

February 5, 2012 Posted by | 2000s, Boom Pod View, KC-135R, Probe/Drogue, S-3 | Leave a comment

Wind tunnel testing of Actively Stabilized Drogue Refueling System

This is a scaled model wind tunnel testing of Actively Stabilized Drogue Refueling System (ASDRS) concept for Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR). This work is performed by UAV Lab at Western Michigan University. Created in response to a request by the US Navy.

 

Video Source:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5akXsbpju4

 

 

August 19, 2011 Posted by | 2000s, Probe/Drogue | | Leave a comment

Boeing KB-50D & F-100C – In Flight Refueling -1958

 

Video Source:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw0V2B_p9o4

July 17, 2011 Posted by | 1950s, F-100, kb-50, Probe/Drogue | Leave a comment

V-22 Osprey Refueling from KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter (BDA)

These are pictures that I have been in search of for a very long time and I think they might be the new crown jewels of my collection. I was very excited when I finally was able to get copies of them.

Here are pictures of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey refueling from a KC-135 boom to drogue adapter (BDA). These pictures were taken during flight testing and as of the date of this post the V-22 is not included in the ATP-56(B) refueling manual and therefore is not allowed to be refueled.

The boom to drogue adapter replaces the fuel nozzle on the tip of the boom and is attached to a 10′ internally stiffened hose that terminates in a conical drogue. The drogue and hose are not retracted inside the boom and therefore always hang out from the end of the boom. This unusual configuration often draws the attention of other aircraft and ground controllers when KC-135s operate from civilian airfields. During use, the boom is fully extended to 20 feet so that the fuel pressure in the boom does not cause it to extend.

V-22 Ground Refueling Test With a KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 Ground Refueling Test With a KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 Approaching Pre-Contact Behind A KC-135.

V-22 In Contact With KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 Flight Test Refueling With KC-135 Boom to Drogue Adapter.

V-22 in contact with a KC-135.

April 23, 2011 Posted by | 2000s, Boom Pod View, External View, KC-135R, Probe/Drogue, V-22 | , , | Leave a comment

History of Refueling

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

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