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Thanks very much for those Boomer, thats exactly what i was after.
The first vid is great because it shows the preciseness of connecting to the boom and how slow it really is, moving in inch by inch.
But i loved the description in the second vid by the pilot and how much the plane being refuelled effects the lead aircraft when in refuelling mode with the pushing effect of the bow wave on the tail due to the size of the aircraft. I did'nt realise the aerodynamic forces from the plane being refuelled had such a massive effect on the lead plane, i thought it would have been the other way round with the refueller drag effecting the tail plane. I actually learned quite a bit from this vid.
Again, thank you, really enjoyed both.
Two of the more interesting things I've heard about inflight refueling is that the boomer can actually "fly" the aircraft with the boom. As he moves it around, it affects the aerodynamics of the aircraft because it changes the airflow around the tail.
The other is that C-5s HATE refueling from KC-10s. If the KC-10 forgets to throttle down #2 engine, it blows right across the top of the tail (where the elevators are) of the C-5. It apparently can make it squirrely at times.
On the first vid, it must be very hard for the pilot when refuelling as he would have to go off co-pilot instructions with having the refuel connection behind him.
But on the 3rd vid, refuelling the B-52 must be hardest of all as, because being such a massive aircraft, it must also have a massive effect on the KC-135 in front of it.
That particular F-15 is a D, which is a two seater. The D and E are two seat, the C, which is the primary fighter version is only one. So he has to use visual clues from the KC-135. If you look at the bottom of the tanker, there are two black stripes towards the front of the bottom. There are lights on those stripes that are used to tell the receiver where to go. Different lights for up, down, forward, back, etc. The boom operator has switches in the boom pod to control them.
The two black stripes on either side of the yellow stripe are the director lights.
Oh, inflight refueling takes a lot of practice, and has washed out more pilots than just about anything else
Originally posted by boomer135
or perhaps an antenna or something.