The biggest change yesterday’s Formula One Strategy Group yesterday passed involves bringing back a practice that was banned to save costs: refueling. They also started work on a proposal “to ensure the sustainability of the sport,” per Formula One, but initial rumors as to what that may involve aren’t exactly…
Apparently, at least a portion of Russia’s fleet of Su-24 Fencers are running on handheld Garmin-like GPS systems in addition to their aging inertial navigation systems, as seen in this photo tweet showing a Fencer refueling from an Il-76 Midas tanker.
Here are twelve KC-135 Stratotanker refueling airplanes all lined up on the runway like a dozen ducks in a row. It was part of an aerial exercise at the Kadena Air Base in Japan where the Stratotankers pumped 50 aircraft with 800,000 pounds of fuel.
There is a very Star Wars-ish 'Rebel Alliance' vs the 'Galactic Empire' juxtaposition going on between the two types of aircraft and the environments in which they are being refueled in the video below.
Casual encounters are never as simple as they seem, and aerial refueling is no different. The way I have had this unique coupling act described to me more often than not, by pilots and "boomers" is as follows: "It is a LOT harder than it looks!"
I guess when you're the weapons officer in an F-15 getting refueled midair over the Persian Gulf, you have time to just chill out.
After publishing a photo last month, Lockheed Martin has published this video of the F-35 Lightning refueling at night. It's very cool, as you would expect. And I love the smell of kerosene in the morning.