posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 09:42 AM
reply to post by boomer135
Aside from the lack of cool pictures, I'm sure as the old boom operators move on and the new ones move in it won't be such a loss. The old guys are
stuck in the old, tried and true methods, while the younger ones will be trained more for just these new booms and won't be set in any real pattern
or skills. The technology is improving, and while young it may simplify things in the long run. Sometimes companies do smart things for stupid
reasons, and sometimes it's stupid things for smart reasons. It'll probably be a few years before we finally really know how the new technology and
training work out. But that's all for another topic, I suppose...
I didn't know we've been refueling UAVs for years. I'm guessing by your name here on the board you're a boom operator or at least an enthusiast
for the KC-135? I thought the only drone we had in our inventory that was capable of aerial refueling was the X-47B. What other drones have that
I only brought up the Global Hawk RQ-4A because Aloysius the Gaul
mentioned the possibility of someone bringing up "intercontinental drone
attacks." With its range of over 15,000 nmi it is a drone already capable of intercontinental missions, though it lacks the hardpoints and other
necessities for any form of attack.