Accession Number : ADA320322

Title :   Tactical Air Refueling: Undocumented Past, Future Requirement.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Moncrief, Keith W.

PDF Url : ADA320322

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : Largely the result of military restructuring away from overseas basing to a strategy of forward presence, the Air Force has adopted a concept of Global Power - Global Reach. Air Mobility Command has been charged to provide the Global Reach needed to project power abroad. The venerable KC-135 is a key component of the mobility half of this national warfighting strategy. Since its creation in the mid-to-late 195Os, the KC-135 StratoTanker has been involved in every United States war, regional conflict, special, contingency, peacekeeping, relief and peacemaking operation. The training requirements levied upon tanker crew members are not based upon projected--or past--theater employment experience. This paper seeks to chronicle the wartime experiences of tanker crews. This paper concludes with two findings: (1) A 100% bottom-up review of current training requirements is needed; and, (2) Innovative modeling techniques should be used to select tactical air refueling training events for use in the simulator and during KC-135 flights. The adoption of these strategies will more closely link day-to-day tanker training activity to tanker wartime taskings.

Descriptors :   *TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, *REFUELING IN FLIGHT, REQUIREMENTS, METHODOLOGY, WARFARE, AIR FORCE, GLOBAL, UNITED STATES, MODELS, TRAINING, CONFLICT, POWER, TACTICAL AIRCRAFT, AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS, PEACEKEEPING.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Fuels

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE