Accession Number : AD0848402

Title :   Course 'Filling Station',

Corporate Author : FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Otto, M.

Report Date : 21 FEB 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The article discusses the development of in-flight refueling techniques. The value of using aircraft-carriers as a means of decreasing the requirement for long-range aircraft is greatly diminished by the fact that they present such excellent targets. Of the two main methods used for aerial refueling, the telescoping-boom and towed-hose systems, the Soviets have selected the towed-hose system. The telescoping-boom system, used by the US, is said to have been responsible for the Palomares accident in Spain. The towed-hose arrangement used by the Soviet air forces is considerably safer; in addition, the aircraft being refueled can remain further away from the tanker, the elastic hose permits at least limited maneuverability, and it is possible to maintain a speed of around 600 km/hr during the refueling operation. Considering the many difficulties connected with aerial refueling, however, the need to develop nuclear power plants for large aircraft is stressed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *REFUELING IN FLIGHT, FUEL HOSES, BOOMS(EQUIPMENT), ELASTIC PROPERTIES, MANEUVERABILITY, FLIGHT SPEEDS, EAST GERMANY.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Fuels

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE