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

B-47 refueling from KC-97L

This is the refueling scene from the movie “Strategic Air Command”. In this scene a B-47 is refueled from a KC-97L. The KC-97L is easily identified by the addition of two J-47 turbojet engines under the wings outboard of the R-4360 radials. The J-47s gave the KC-97 a higher top speed which allowed it to refuel the new breed of high speed jet powered aircraft. The KC-97L was a stopgap measure until the KC-135A Stratotanker came online.

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October 10, 2010 Posted by | 1950s, B-47, Boom Operator, Boom Pod View, External View, History, KC-97, Receiver View | , , | 1 Comment

KC-97 Boom

This receiver aircraft pilot's-eye view of an inflight refueling operation provides an excellent view of the flying boom and the boomer pod on the underside of the KC-97 tanker. Click image to enlarge

This receiver aircraft pilot's-eye view of an inflight refueling operation provides an excellent view of the flying boom and the boomer pod on the underside of the KC-97 tanker. Click image to enlarge

This is the view of a receiver pilot taking gas from a KC-97. I am not sure of the receiver type, but it might be a B-47.

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | 1950s, KC-97, Receiver View | | 2 Comments