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2017-08-17

In-Flight Refueling

In-flight refueling is made thanks two different systems and either involve specialized tanker aircrafts or ordinary aircrafts equipped with buddy refueling pod.  Receiving aircrafts are either equipped with one system or the other and some aircrafts may be equipped with a podded probe to receive fuel in the "probe & drogue" variant

 Probe and Drogue

Refueling Pod

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Essentially, but not exclusively, used in naval aviation, allows a properly equipped aircraft to refuel others.   Data is based on the Intertechnique/Douglas D827B pod and is available to either NATO, WAPA and NECO Air Forces or Naval Air Arms

 Miscellaneous

 Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

Dimensions

L

Weight

Kgs

Lbs

Capacity

Litre

Gal

Weight Empty

Kgs

Lbs

Flow

L/min

gal/min

Hose

Fighter

Tanker

Notes

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InGame

Name

2.900 0.660
390 860
149 33
- 609
750 165
13m 21m

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D827B

2.900 0.660
390 860
149 33
- 609
750 165
13m 21m

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U827B

Mk32B (Flight Refueling Ltd)

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D-704 - 300 US gal content

2.900 0.660
1260 2775
1326 250
- 875
750 165
13m 21m

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D704B

 
Podded Refueling Probe

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Not all aircrafts are equipped for in-flight refueling.  Some of those lacking the function may carry a specially modified underwing fuel tank with a refueling probe, la F4D-1 Skyray

(Clic >>)   

 Miscellaneous

 Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

Dimensions

L

Weight

Kgs

Lbs

Capacity

Litre

Gal

Weight Empty

Kgs

Lbs

Flow

L/min

gal/min

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Notes

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InGame

Name

6.090 0.750
?? ??
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750 165
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F4D1 (200US)

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2.330 0.520
226 498
260 57
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750 165
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FR828B

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3.660 0.520
461 1015
522 115
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750 165
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FR829B

 

 Flying Boom

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The "flying boom" system is a specific refueling equipment exclusive to the US Air Force.  It does not involve any accessory to be chosen by the gamer.  If the chosen aircraft is equipped to be refueled using the flying boom system (eg: the B-47E, as illustrated here), then proper tanker aircrafts will be available in the mission scheme, either a KC-97 Stratotanker or a KC-135 Stratotanker.  For the purpose of the game, both these heavy tanker aircrafts are equipped with both a flying boom, and two "probe & drogue" refueling pods under the wings, and are renamed KC-97M and KC-135B respectively

 

 Refueling Tankers

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Several specific tankers are available in the game, either being land borne aircrafts, carrier borne aircrafts or ... else.   As such the aerial refueling mission may not be flown even if the aircraft types involved may be flown in the game for other purposes.  Refueling tankers are universally available within the four game group of forces (Warsaw Pact, Neutral Coalitions, NATO, Non Aligned)  but not all aircrafts may be refueled in flight.

The amount of transferable fuel is only mentioned for documentary motives - in the context of AAC, a fuel tanker has an unlimited reFuel capacity.

Depending on the type of aircraft involved, a drogue taker may refuel more than one aircraft at a time.  A flying boom tanker may only refuel one aircraft at a time, albeit at a much higher tranfer rate, thus more quickly.

Fighters using buddy tanking pods are not mentioned on this list at the moment

 Miscellaneous

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Dimensions

L

Weight

Kgs

Lbs

Capacity

Litre

Gal

Probe & Drogue
? Hose L/min Gal/min Points
Flying Boom
  L/min Gal/min

InGame

Name

NATO & ALLIES

KC97M

Astrotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC97M

KC97M

Astrotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC97M

KC135B

Stratotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC135B

KC135B

Stratotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC135B

P6M2K

Seatanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 1

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P6M2K

A1J2K

Savage

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 1

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A1J2K

A3D2K

Skytanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 1

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A3D2K

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Victor

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21m 759 165 3

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Vulcan

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21m 759 165 1

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Buccaneer

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21m 759 165 1

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NEUTRAL COALITION

KC97M

Astrotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC97M

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Gannet

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21m 759 165 1

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NON ALIGNED

KC97M

Astrotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC97M

KC97M

Astrotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC97M

KC97M

Astrotanker

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34000 7490

21m 759 165 2

3500 771

KC97M

WARSAW PACT

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21m 759 165 =

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21m 759 165 =

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21m 759 165 1

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