Aerial Refueling over Afghanistan‏ -- just for fun...

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dcstrng

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That's where it's at !!

A retired Navy buddy of mine (Captain - Ret) and I chuckle from time to time how grand it was... we got to play with some really neat toys back when we had real jobs...

Clearly never did this (was Army air crew on what is now referred to as a SAR), but was a "passenger" on a C5 once that refueled over the No Atlantic somewhere...

Boy, that air-crew looks like kids (we were young -- once -- and man was it fun...)

*Unlike the KC-135 tanker where the boom operator (boomer) lies on his
stomach to view out a window to refuel other aircraft, the KC-10 boomer
sits in a comfortable chair and looks out a picture window during
refueling. Think what it would look like if a large aircraft like the C-5M,
C-17, B-52, B1, or B-2 came into view.*

*Adjust your speakers to catch the cockpit conversations.*

http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=61e402f990ac


 

davidb

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Having spent many years doing it from the front seat I should have a better explanation, but...

When the boom makes contact in the receptacle, an electronic signal triggers hydraulic locks that hold the nozzle in place. Yes, the fuel pressure is high. With a large receiver, the transfer rate is 10,000 pounds per minute. Conversely, the transfer rate with the probe and drogue system is only 1,000 pounds per minute.

Yes, the active duty aircrews are relatively young, but they are well trained.
 

Wanttaja

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Any special reason the AC isn't wearing his shoulder harness? (See ~2:34 into video).

Ron Wanttaja
 
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