Air Force Aerial Refueling Methods: Flying Boom Versus Hose-and-Drogue
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Pagination or Media Count:
Decisions on the composition of the Air Force aerial refueling fleet were made decades ago, when the primary mission was to refuel long-range strategic bombers. Modifications have been made to many of these tanker aircraft KC-135s and KC-10s to make them more effective in refueling fighter aircraft. This report, which will be updated, examines the balance between two different refueling methods in todays refueling fleet - flying boom and hose-and-drogue.
- Military Aircraft Operations