Accession Number:

AD0848402

Title:

Course 'Filling Station',

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1968-02-21

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The article discusses the development of in-flight refueling techniques. The value of using aircraft-carriers as a means of decreasing the requirement for long-range aircraft is greatly diminished by the fact that they present such excellent targets. Of the two main methods used for aerial refueling, the telescoping-boom and towed-hose systems, the Soviets have selected the towed-hose system. The telescoping-boom system, used by the US, is said to have been responsible for the Palomares accident in Spain. The towed-hose arrangement used by the Soviet air forces is considerably safer in addition, the aircraft being refueled can remain further away from the tanker, the elastic hose permits at least limited maneuverability, and it is possible to maintain a speed of around 600 kmhr during the refueling operation. Considering the many difficulties connected with aerial refueling, however, the need to develop nuclear power plants for large aircraft is stressed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Fuels

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE