posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 11:23 PM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Phage
They ordered more than the X-51 could use, and at least two aircraft currently flying require a KC-135T specifically to refuel them, which means other
than JP-8 fuel.
I remember reading a thread a few days back discussing the infamous TR-3B, and a military (not sure if he was Air Force or what branch of the
military) pilot recalled a story about refueling. Something about a black backpack and a need-to-know basis for the mission.
The member (I wanna say Boomer-something was his/her screen name) told a story of a refueling mission, in which everything was extremely
comparmentalized - such that even the refueling aircraft pilot couldn't 'view' the bird that was being refueled - and there was an agent (for lack of
a better term) on board monitoring everything. From conversation between airmen onboard to ensuring no pics or drawings were made to the fact that
the boom operator was essentially left uniformed as to what was being refueled. The post, to my recollection, didn't mention JP-7/8 (I'm a novice
getting my feet wet in this rabbit hole, so I have no idea of the difference in 7/8 fuels), but I am curious if that member may have, in fact,
refueled the legendary Green Lady (not said mission, per se, but if it's a possibility)?It's highly unlikely, but given this thread and their
anecdote, it's fun to speculate whether this member unwittingly came in contact with the GL. Again, unlikely, but fun to think about when reading
this thread and the many gems that can be found throughout (ALL 122 pages, Lol).
And if my speculation is summarily shot down, can you say if the Green Lady is refueled (in the atmosphere, of course), at all?
P.S. I have ZERO knowledge/background with jet engines, fuels, setups,....basically the whole nine yards, but I've got enough emotional intelligence
to read between the lines and avoid asking those "even if I did know, I wouldn't tell" questions.
ETA: Duh, I forgot to mention the serviceman was onboard a KC-135T. Kinda the whole point of bringing up the older post.
edit on 5-9-2016 by
BeefNoMeat because: he/she's = his/her
edit on 5-9-2016 by BeefNoMeat because: Brainfart