Planes Nursing

This:

is like this:

A KC-135 Stratotanker with the 100th Air Refueling Wing (RAF Mildenhall) offloads fuel to Royal Danish Air Force F-16s.

If the tanker had 4, 6, 8, 10 multiple refueling boom arms.
Does anyone actually know how many spigots that F-16 mamma sow has?
I count at least 13 piglets gassing up.

3 thoughts on “Planes Nursing

  1. I didn’t know they could refuel more than one at a time. Kinda close quarters, kinda like the piglets. Better not sneeze.

  2. Depends on what you’re refueling.
    The F-16 has a ‘receptacle’ on the backbone there, so only one at a time using the boom. The boom is preferred becaue you get a much higher flow rate and get topped up faster.
    F-18’s, British Tornados and many helicopters have a ‘probe’ that sticks out from somewhere near the nose that can be used to refuel from a drogue basket. The KC-135 and the KC-10 can hang a drogue pod under each wing, and even have a drogue attachment that can be put on the boom, so they have been known to refuel up to three aircraft at a time.
    AF pilots call this “Waving the ‘shoot-me’ flag” and it is understandably unpopular.

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