Aerial Day/Night Refueling Stations.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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An improved aerial refueling system, suitable for operation under nighttime or other limited visibility conditions, is described, and comprises a tanker aircraft with refueling boom depending rearwardly thereof, a receiver aircraft having a fuel receptacle for interconnection with the boom, means disposed on the tanker for illuminating the receiver aircraft with infrared light during hookup and refueling, infrared sensitive viewing means and an optical imaging device on the tanker through which the boom operator may view the boom and receiver aircraft to guide the boom into position for connection with the receiver aircraft. Author
- Transport Aircraft