The Future Of Aerial Refueling Includes Stabilized Drogues And No Humans

Aerial tankers can fuel up hungry jets, turboprops and even helicopters equipped with a refueling probe by trailing a hose and drogue behind them. In smooth air, such a mating dance can be a challenge, in rough air and bad visibility it can become downright scary. A new 'smart drogue' system in development may finally help make 'plugging in' a less terrifying affair.


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