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originally posted by: cosmania
Yeah. tanking is hard. We had 2 guys come back with "Party Favors" back to the ship. I'm sure the Air Force guys were not thrilled that a couple of Navy dudes broke their gear.
It would seem that tapping the long hose (a la KC-10) WARPS pod would be better, but those had that snapping, wave-like whip that could snap off the basket. I personally like the Iron Maiden (KC-135) because the heavy basket was more stable and it was easier to leave the basket the way you found it. (which is what you tried to do when backing out, if you were too high/low/sideways, after unclipping, the basket would slide across the fuel probe tip and potentially snap it off)
Thanks to those tanker crews, burning race tracks in the sky, giving the other aircraft more playtime. You guys rock.
originally posted by: TheAlleghenyGentleman
Gaaaack! The first half of that video with failed fueling was so unsatisfying. It looks ridiculously difficult but I guess those pilots are quite amazing after all.