posted on Sep, 24 2016 @ 05:14 AM
a reply to: aholic
And it still doesn't matter. Even with the A-3, A-6, you name it. No matter how long the legs of the tanker using them has been, they've only been
able to offload enough for a few more passes at the deck. Buddy pods are limited by the amount of fuel the aircraft carrying them can carry. The
Predator C, as it is now carries about 2200 gallons of fuel, if you add extra tanks. Some of that fuel has to be used for the aircraft. Unmanned
aircraft can go longer with less fuel, but they still can't offload huge amounts of fuel, like a dedicated tanker with extra fuel tanks can.
Of course there will be more than one per wing, but there's going to be more than one aircraft requiring fuel. If you've got 2200 gallons of fuel, per
tanker total, and you've got a dozen aircraft needing 2-300 gallons of fuel each, that's going to go fast.
Yeah, we all know the Navy would never put a lot of effort into a program just to see it screwed up. I mean, they've never done that before, or
edit on 9/24/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)