Air Refueling Archive

Huge Collection of Air Refueling Pictures

U.S. Air Force C-141B Aerial Refueling Tests

February 14, 2016 Posted by | 1970s, C-141B, KC-135, KC-135A, Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments

Boeing 747 Advanced Cargo Transport Aircraft KC-33

Boeing proposed a 747 adapted as an aerial refueling tanker during the 1970s Advanced Cargo Transport Aircraft (ACTA) program that produced the McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender for the USAF. This is a summary of the aircraft modifications and flight tests of the proposed KC-33.

April 9, 2015 Posted by | 1970s, 747 Tanker | , , , , , , | 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

Video tour of a KC-97L

Unfortunately this wonderful video has been removed from YouTube.

Here is a video tour of the exterior and interior of a KC-97L at the AMC Museum at Dover AFB, DE. If you visit the youtube page directly you can watch the video in high definition.

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November 18, 2009 Posted by | 1960s, 2000s, Boom Operator, Boom Pod View, External View, KC-97 | , , | Leave a comment