Originally posted by darksidius
reply to post by boomer135
I think than Aurora is a urban legend, but Boomer you speak of another type of plane than the SR-71? This plane is not public yet?
I'm not saying it is or isn't a replacement for the SR-71. But there's more than one plane right now that needs refueling while going through test
phases that aren't public yet. And I got out in 2006. That bullcrap about the JSF just being refueled for the first time in 2010 or whenever it was
I remember seeing the RQ-170 at Edwards way back in like 2002-2003. I just couldn't talk about it much until it went down and became public. And
there's still things about it I can't talk about, that and the UCAV.
It should make people wonder though why we wouldn't need security on our jet when refueling the F-22's but with other planes we did...
On another note, all the pictures at the above thread were taken with permission from the receiver aircraft. I don't violate OPSEC.
With that in mind, Ill share something that is given to boom operators, both past and present every year (non-classified version). Here's an excerpt
from CMSgt Huges, Superintendent of the 412 OG at Edwards:
"This last year the booms executed, supported, evaluated test programs valued at over $2,000,000,000...just in case there are too many zeros I am
talking 2+ billion dollars. They accomplished in-flight refueling testing with JSF, Gripen, RPA (remote piloted aircraft), and provided air refueling
systems design expertise to the Navy for their carrier based UAV program, aditionally, they continued testing on everything in the inventory with air
refueling capability and also tanker operating systems upgrades. Booms flew KC-135, KC-10, KC-767, and KC-30 test missions in Sweden, Italy, Japan,
I'm gonna say this: You wanna know what the future of air power is? Look at the RPA statement...
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EDIT: By the way, its pretty cool to be part of a three man crew (pilot, co-pilot, boom) and being the only guy on the jet knowing what your actually
refueling back there! All they know is altitude and speed. And I wasn't allowed to tell them what it was on several occasions. Mind you the pilots
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