Air Refueling Drogue
Patent, filed 4 May 1998, patented 13 Jul 1999
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV PATUXENT RIVER MD
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An apparatus attached to a fuel hose and deployed rearwardly of a tanker aircraft, the apparatus for inflight refueling of an aircraft and includes a fuel valve for controlling the flow of fuel through the valve, a coupler attached to the fuel valve for receiving and locking onto the probe of a receiving aircraft and for conveying fuel through the coupler and to the probe of the receiving aircraft, and a plurality of struts attached to the coupler, the struts configured and arranged to compress inwardly when acted upon by sufficient compressive forces and to expand outwardly against aerodynamic forces when located in the airstream, the struts forming a bell shaped target for guiding the probe of the receiving aircraft into the coupler.