posted on Aug, 24 2012 @ 05:35 PM
reply to post by gariac
The boom itself is fly-by-wire. Its all computerized. Just like on the new tanker. When you move the joy stick, the computer moves the boom. On a
KC-135, it's all hydraulic and mechanic. When you move the joy stick, you can actually "feel" the inputs on the boom. It's like flying an old school
airplane that's not fly-by-wire. Imagine now, the new tanker isn't going to have a boom pod in the back of the jet, but instead using 3D screens from
the cockpit to run the boom. That's a scary thought and it was fought tooth and nail from every boom operator in the Air Force. But the generals
will get what they want I guess.
I read recently that the KC-10 is actually having problems with broken booms because of the computer. I'll have to dig out the website. You don't
get that with a -135. So when a new aircraft is being tested, do you want a test flight boom refueling with a boom that he can control without the
aide of computers or a boom that can go haywire and knock the canopy off the receiver aircraft?
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