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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by John Bingham » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:50 pm

I never realized planes that size were used for refueling. I thought they were all huge transport aircraft.
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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by Freightdog » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:58 pm

John Bingham wrote:
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I never realized planes that size were used for refueling. I thought they were all huge transport aircraft.
Carrier based operations can be a bit limited by aircraft size, or become restricted by dependency upon larger tankers.

For an interesting read, google/youtube the refuelling strategy employed with Black Buck, to get the Vulcan to the falklands in ‘82. Talk about commitment!
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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by Brody » Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:02 pm

John Bingham wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:50 pm
I never realized planes that size were used for refueling. I thought they were all huge transport aircraft.
Yeah, in the Navy all the planes have to fit on the aircraft carrier, so they'll take an existing airframe and just sling drop tanks on it and set it up with a drogue and away you go.

Aerial refuelers are very critical to naval aviation. There are periods during a cruise when a carrier is conducting "blue water ops" which means that even with aerial refueling, land is too far away for the jets to reach, should there be a problem.

So a pilots prowess at plugging into the tanker is very important and they have to be able to 'trap' back aboard the carrier as well or else they have to eject near the carrier and get picked up by the helo.

In my opinion, Navy pilots are the Ivy League of military pilots
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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by Brody » Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:04 pm

Freightdog wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:58 pm
For an interesting read, google/youtube the refuelling strategy employed with Black Buck, to get the Vulcan to the falklands in ‘82. Talk about commitment!
I watched a documentary about that...........fucking awesome!!!!!!!

Balls of steel on those British lads!
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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by Brody » Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:49 am

Beriev Be-12, amphibious plane still in use today.

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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:09 am

Brody wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:49 am
Beriev Be-12, amphibious plane still in use today.

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If there were a plane deserving of the nickname "Mosquito"...
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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by Spigzy » Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:09 pm

Testament to the B17s endurance, and a reminder why the only helicopter I'd ever set foot in would be a Huey.

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Re: All Things Aviation

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Re: All Things Aviation

Post by Brody » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:56 am

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