Low Altitude - A New Dimension in Air Refueling
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Enemy air defenses have increased their sophistication due to technological advancements. Response to these advancements requires new tactics and procedures to increase the B-52s chances of penetrating such air defenses. One such possible tactic is low altitude air refueling or LAAR. This article examines the need for LAAR and assesses the US Air Forcess ability to satisfy that need. Capabilities of the US militarys air refueling aircraft are analyzed. The effects of low altitude flight on the KC-135s airframe, autopilot, navigation systems, and aircraft performance are examined. Finally the article discusses the degree to which LAAR missions impact on operational and maintenance organizations so tasked. Keywords Systems analysis Air Force planning.
- Military Aircraft Operations