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The Low Down on Aerial Refueling

Aerial refueling is very interesting and there are several terms that it goes by such as tanking, air to air refueling, in flight refueling, and then there is also air refueling as well and this technique is commonly used by the military by using a tanker to refuel another plane while they are still in the air.

This method is used for a number of different kinds of reasons such as improving the loiter time of the aircraft, improve the range of the aircraft, and to simply keep the aircraft in the air a lot longer as well. Aerial refueling can keep planes up in the sky almost forever but there are still some other factors that you will have to keep into mind such as the fatigue of the crew and then some engine issues like oil consumption which has to be replaced like a car. Some other factors to consider when it comes down to aerial refueling is the fact that it will allow planes to carry a heavier load such as more personnel, cargo, and weapons because they do not have to carry as much fuel which can weigh them down when taking off but they can top off while they are already in the sky. This can be used to reduce the distance needed to take off as well and then when they are already in the sky they can refuel. For planes that have to travel longer distances that can reach longer than three thousand five hundred miles can have their fuel consumption improved by using aerial refueling which is pretty cool to say the least.

Aerial refueling can help improve the fuel consumption by around forty percent for flights that are longer distance which is pretty amazing when you think about it because that is almost half a tank of fuel saved.

When you are looking at aerial refueling you will notice that there are actually two different kinds of methods that are used and the first is called the probe and drogue which is the more common method due to the fact it is easy to adapt to different kinds of aircraft and then the second method is the flying boom which is faster but it will need to have an operator station that is dedicated.

Typically the tanker will be designed for a certain kind of refueling but if the probe and drogue system is used on the tanker then it can refuel a number of different kinds of aircraft easily. And that is the ins and outs when it comes down to aerial refueling.

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