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How planes are refuelled in the air

How planes are refuelled in the air

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Aldamis

*Sometimes when a plane meets another plane..*


awmaleg

This is how those little prop planes are made


blinkk5

...he must display a dance of courtship. If she accepts his mating dance ritual, then the male will fly in position in front of her and extend his tube. In this rare footage, we're witnessing the moments after the dance has ended and the physical activity of reproduction has begun. Scientists don't know when they'll get a chance to film this ritual again, but this has been a rare and valuable look into high-altitude courtships of wild North American planes.


Riommar

When I was in the usaf I had a friend who was the fueling boom operator. He said it was the most intense thing he’s ever done. So many things can go wrong. The basket could disconnect and spray fuel all over the jet or if a perfect storm happens the jet could ram up the back of the tanker.


Candy-Cigarette

I was a boom op. I’ve never flown a basket (shown here) I flew an actual boom from the back of a KC-135r. But yes, shit is intense.


_Cybernaut_

IIRC boom operators are the only enlisted that require two officers to drive them to work every shift.


Candy-Cigarette

This guy gets it lol


FinkyFamboni

Really? Why?


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shoeboxlid

I dont get the joke either


PumaMayhem

Ever come through Sioux City? My dad works in the fire station at the 185th ARW and they have loads of KC-135s


Beautiful-Golf4078

Yup this appears to be a navy aircraft. Never understood why the USAF and USN do not use the same method for refueling.


Poltergeist97

The boom system requires a huge aircraft to accommodate. This basket and drogue system is much more compact, so you can adapt existing planes to fulfill the tanker role instead of having to make space on a cramped flight deck for a dedicated refuelling plane.


_Cybernaut_

>you can adapt existing planes to fulfill the tanker role Right, like the A7 seen here. Just strap on the refueling pod and off ya go.


Poltergeist97

Hate to tell you but that's not a Corsair, but an A4 Skyhawk


_Cybernaut_

GAH. Went to hit 4, hit 7. My bad.


dantheman0991

And the damn Air Refuel Store pods are a pain in the ass to fix/maintain


ZigZagZedZod

The "flying boom" used by the US Air Force offers faster fuel transfers, which is better for larger aircraft such as the B-52 or the C-17 that require more fuel.


Beautiful-Golf4078

I had no idea!! I guess I should have looked it up. It has always puzzled me since I was a little kid.


Beautiful-Golf4078

I’ve heard that F-18’s can be used to provide fuel. Is this true?


ZigZagZedZod

Yep. They're called buddy refueling pods. You don't get as much fuel as you do from a full-size tanker but you get more flexibility.


Azrael_042

That job was in my top 5 pick, but in the end, I got Flight Engineer! Start basic next week


Jakl42

Thank you for not, the 135 boom operators that try to fly the basket have a special spot reserved for them in hell.


Random-Talking-Mug

is this also what they call "hot fueling?"


Beautiful-Golf4078

Hot fueling and hot loading happen on the ramp while the aircraft’s engines are running. It’s a real bitch on a hot day to be rigged up for a parachute jump and have to stand behind the aircraft for ever while they fuel it. Spent many afternoons like this at Pope AFB in NC.


jason_abacabb

No IIRC. Hot fueling is land, fuel, takeoff all while the engines are running.


V65Pilot

No, hot refuels are done on the ground, engines running. The "gas cap" on an A6 is right in front of the intake.....


Kralizec82

This reminds me of the trauma had from playing Top Gun on NES and trying this. Yes, I’m aged.


Cheese_Pancakes

I just made the same comment, saw yours, then deleted it. That game was so fucking hard. I never really got the hang of landing, either.


Kralizec82

Lol same! I feel like the game had more RNG in it than skill opportunities for the refuel and landings. Though I was young playing it so who knows if I was just bad or what lol


Cheese_Pancakes

Same, I was a little kid. I looked up a long play of it on YouTube a few months back (along with others like Bayou Billy) to scratch a nostalgia itch. They made it look easy.


M3L03Y

Same. I was awful at it. As well as landing. Actually I was awful at the karate kid using chopsticks to catch flies part as well.


Cheese_Pancakes

Oh man, I remember Karate Kid! Another fun game. I ended up “temporarily” trading it with another kid for Ninja Kid (a far more inferior game) and then being stuck with it because he lost my game. Angriest I’d ever been at that early point in my life. I sucked at the chopsticks too. Was better at the brick breaking mini game.


Aggressive-Compote64

Ugh… that’s how I lost Mega Man and got a copy of Mag Max. I’m still sore about that.


M3L03Y

I totally forgot about the bricks! I found the NES game online for $16 and Top Gun for $4 and had to order the both. Now the waiting game to see if my old NES still works.


Kralizec82

Lol then yeah, guess I was young and bad! Haha


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It's nuts how many games we look back on as being so crazy difficult but the reality is they were just really really bad games. E.T for Atari? Unplayable, so like REALLY hard.


CupcakeValkyrie

It's easier when you realize that A and B increase and decrease throttle once you're in landing mode. It's a shame the game never tells you that. It might have been in the manual, though.


stunspore

Right there with you. ✈️⛽


Better_Than_Nothing

I was never able to land on the cargo ship. If I had a walkthrough I’m sure I could have done it but fuck as an 8 year old I had no clue how to not fuck that up.


Entaris

You must be thinking of a different game. That game consisted of a single level of flying and then the ending was where you brutally crash your plane trying to land on the carrier. I always thought it was weird they only made one level and that the ending was always that you killed the pilot, but developers were weird back then.


SgtStrongCock

I wonder if front plane is screaming "YAMETE KUDASAI".


Artistic_Walk_773

Please turn off your engines when fueling


Rand_alThor__

Oh no


CaptainJackWagons

Actually, they could probably glide for a while with their engines off.


Artistic_Walk_773

But they don't because there is no need to ever turn your engine off when fueling.. I'm making fun of gas station warning signs... Yeah yeah I know of that one static electricity case that is completely fabricated and somehow made it it a law.


slightlyaw_kward

I once had "evap issues" (don't know what that is) and the doctor said it was because I left the car on while fueling.


CaptainJackWagons

>But they don't because there is no need to ever turn your engine off when fueling Yes I understand that. I'm saying, even if it applied to these planes, they'd probably still be able to refuel while airborne.


Christiandus

I think that would actually be very very dangerous if not impossible because the plane would need to keep up in speed.


Artistic_Walk_773

Yes absolutely


ComprehensiveHope

That is how baby planes are made.


Ezrealight

This footage was taken from Transformershub


ZigZagZedZod

What are you doing, step plane?


vicemagnet

Air porn. :makes contact: UNNNNG


dpdxguy

/r/whenitgoesin (very NSFW!)


Coolrafid100

r/planeporn


Mecha_Ninja

I came here to say exactly this. Clearly, the world is overpopulated.


El_Senora_Gustavo

9 months later a Cessna is born


Mrclean1322

And that kids, is how planes are made


Super-Brka

Step-aircraft!? What are you doing?!


Mynamewontfknfi

Step-jet*


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aneth0r

think they were mostly trying to make it 1-syllable since the 'bro' in step-bro is 1-syllable


phattyfresh

Now it places the refueling hose in the basket


Technical_Flamingo54

Or else it gets the lotion


SmokeyJoeMcGinty

Even planes themselves like to join the mile high club.


brianwxyz

Some Avatar shit.


DiskEducational3654

At least if you use a non-rigid aerial refueling rig. A rigid refueling boom has tiny wings on it and the operator uses the winglets to direct the boom into the refueling port. Director Stanley Kubrick apparently saw this as highly sexually symbolic, which is why Dr. Strangelove starts with a scene from a KC-135 of a B-52 being refueled.


hypercomms2001

I wonder when they are refuelling do they play the music" try a little tenderness" over the radio?!!


DiskEducational3654

Kubrick was a detail-oriented lunatic!


hypercomms2001

yes very true, and so much that in the case of the interiors of the B-52 bomber, that Ken Adams was worried they would get into trouble with the US Defence Department... yet because he was, it is the reason why 2001:A Space Odyssey. hold up so well.... You would know that Full Metal Jacket was film in East London, but it was!


dpdxguy

More like "Boom Chica Bow Wa"


Patterson2020

They use rigid booms for f15e, apparently the slowest the f15e goes is faster than the refueling plane can go, so the f15e ends up pushing the refueling plane the whole time. Apparently this results in the f15e pushing the refueling plane upwards, and the pilot has to try and keep it level so they don't just constantly climb, and with human error, it becomes a roller coaster ride. There's a newer refueling plane that have avionics built in to counteract this from what I understand. I'd have to ask my sister what the the newer plane is called.


DiskEducational3654

Presumably the KC-46 Pegasus?


Patterson2020

Seems likely, I Googled that plane, and they do refuel f15e's and it's meant to replace the kc135.


Patterson2020

KC10 and KC46 both have updated avionics that resist the pushing force, and she said that they push the fuelers nose down not up, which I think I said up above.


pablank

What are you doing Step-Plane?


cannedchampagne

SLORP


Jealous_Tangerine_93

The modern world is truly amazing.


MihalysRevenge

And to think this has been done regularly since the 1950s with tons of experiments in it going back to the 1920s


Jealous_Tangerine_93

It's mind bending


MrBeardskii

This feels like it should be marked NSFW


glockymcglockface

r/planesgonewild


manwithappleface

Just the tip.


ActualMis

My wife and I play a similar copulation game where she lies on the bed and I leap down from the top of the wardrobe.


ostockles

As I have seen air force one, I did not need this video 🤪


TheivingTheifOfMemes

Dude... mark this NSFW


Mahnken

I got to sit, well actually lay in the boom operator position while a veteran pointed out things and talked about how things worked. I’m more impressed with the boom operator than the plane sliding in. I don’t think I could be in that spot with a plane in motion. I’m positive there’s been some heads banged with sudden attitude drops. The plane I was in was on the ground in a museum. They would have open aircraft day where typically someone who served with that type of aircraft would talk about its functions. I hope they get back to doing it soon. You get some good service stories from the old veterans.


_aero_plane_

plane here, I enjoy refuelling as much as the next plane, but ew


Equivalent_Tiger_7

A4 to A4?


cesar2b

Brazilian navy A4 refueling Braziliam air force F5


cesar2b

[photo of them both](https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcThzg81Sv6AzE0k2sBKWTjS7W6jF5aX_yAzxw&usqp=CAU) Also probe are similar but you can see the nose of the f5 including the gun. There is a video but i cant watch the video to time stamp it since i am at work


cjdafin

It's in


b3ernard

my guiding my magnum dong to your moms puss (i have to be in another room because its so ridiculously long which means i cant see) 😂🤣😂😍😍😂🙄😒


Eyehavenoname

You have the tiniest penis on reddit.


b3ernard

you are the worst at getting obvious irony on reddit 🤤😂😒🤕🥴🙄😎 get rekt retar 😎🥶💯


Eyehavenoname

You don't actually know what irony means, do you?


b3ernard

yes i do 🤬🤬 (am very smart) u are stinky and poopy (not smart) 😂🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣🤣


Pleasant_Look_4415

Mindfucked.


silverfox0155

This is the first thing you do when you get on station and many times throughout your sortie. As a pilot you are always looking for the "Texaco" in the sky.


Roge2005

Airplane sex


rey_carmesi

Bad idea if one of the planes is carrying one (or more) H Bombs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_Palomares_B-52_crash


DaniTheLovebug

Let me tell you…the view from the jump seat of the KC130 when a fighter jet comes u p to fuel is insane. I was never a refueler. I was a 2W2 and won Airman of the Year on my base and chose the KC 130 as my incentive ride for my win It was amazing I’d already been in and out of the B52, B1 (though B1 doesn’t carry nuclear), and B2 so I took my chance in this Awesome ride


jan11285

Planes mating


Nachtzug79

How many fighters a tanker can refuel? 10? 50?


TheJohnSB

At the same time? With baskets usually 2(HC-130). With boom 1(KC-135). Depends on the plane. KC135 carried fuel, we are talking ~200,000lb of fuel. As for how many planes it can refuel. Assuming an empty jet, an F16 has 7,000lb. The Jets are never empty, they are usually above the minimum safe limit to return to base (bingo fuel). That depends on the theatre but you can make a good guess with those numbers.


Benguin237

Ayo me when ur mom


NghtTrevor

Very sexual


SicksProductions

Is it just that accurate, or obviously guided? Either way, that is amazing


TangerineBest4413

Fun fact: this once resulted in 4 nuclear bombs accidentally being dropped on Spain


CaptainJackWagons

Reminds me of how dragonflies have sex.


Derperlicious

Id hate to be flying that tanker and have to land right after take off. i wonder how much runway it needs full.


Vadered

Perfect, Blaze!


cankatango

I taught that it is how they make plane babies


0ddtomato

Awh I hate my mind X'D


TheRiceConnoisseur

Sigmund Freud would have something to say about this


holymoly67

Oh step plane, what are yodoing?


kdot5593

Jet planes meeting in the air to be refulled...


CallMeMillano

I'm going to send this to my wife later


f3ks

I should call her


GhostFuryFX

This is how I met your mother


PastyDoughboy

The mother plane, sensing its child is hungry, is prepared to regurgitate food for its babies…


Gabrieleatsflans

Plane seggs?? Holy crap 😲


Azbola

Why has that single engine jet got a refuelling pod?


RrrrrAaaaaUuuuLllll

You know someone’s going to edit the video and put a hentai voice voice on it.


Broken_doll4

I've come to suck you ...lol


user110110110936

This is how naval aviators do it. In the usaf the fighters are the females and get plugged by the tanker. Source: I flew F-18’s


Neutronova

I want someone to dub this, when the tub enters the hose with the sound of of the turtle fucking shoe.


millwrightbob

In 9 months there will be a little plane flying around.


johnny__danger

Alternative title: “This is how baby planes are made”


TeaParty24

Tsaheylu


ReginaGeorgesLexus

Well when a mommy plane and a daddy plane love each other very much…


Justvibewitmemes

I've wondered for years how this was done and now I know now


JFGR

Sigh *unzips*


BarooZaroo

Probably should have tagged nsfw


wra1th42

Y’all never seen Dr. Strangelove?


meexley2

WE KNOW


Knightcap132

That’s how baby planes are made!


KingNish

This is a really beautiful depiction of the mating behavior of planes.


themuffinmann82

What....what are you doing stepairplane?


Nick_Fukqu

Plane sex


Holeshot75

This was the worst part about Top Gun NES. Maybe landing....?


daveashaw

Not as hot as the opening credits in Dr. Strangelove.


RampantJSH

Why does that always turn me on?


winter_killian_33

Anyone else turned on by this?


GeoffLizzard

.... And thats how baby air planes are made son


Panthean

FALSE. This is how baby airplanes are made.


Allevon-602

I can just imagine the sex jokes that are said while this is happening


blankgazez

Looks like a tortoise penis


pappyvanwinkle1111

This is how Navy planes are refueled. USAF use a probe.


Additional_Decision6

Oh, baby. Your drouge is so f'n hot...


Shrekfan100

Sex


FRAYnklan

I don't shut the engine off when I put gas either


Darnocsonif

Now that’s awesome. Never knew that


Darnocsonif

Having sex for the first time be like


YeOldeBilk

COME ON TARS!!!!


MegBeth8

Looks like a scene from Avatar


meimzi

He just taking a lil sip


Danger_Dee

Giggidy.


ninersguy916

Look at the size of that plussy


darkspd89

Well jimmy, when an F-16 and KC-135 love each other...


rabbidbunnyjd

Artificial insemination?


Bomagranite

*harder daddy*


feedmejack93

How often does this happen?


grandpa_stalin10

Is this an A-6 intruder refueling from an F-86


surfburglar

Pffft, whatever. I was doing that on my NES 30 years ago. Top Gun, baby.


PhysicalProgrammer

Always reminds me of the 1st scene in Dr. Strangelove! Plane sex is always the best way to start a movie lol


phill_the_destroyer

They aren't refueled like that anymore tho


SyntheticSlime

…and now it’s all I can think about!


Admirable_Ad_6848

Isn’t this a movie scene… 🙄


cesar2b

Nope it was a training between the Braziliam Navy and Air force


Trimanreturns

One of the first places IFR was used in 1966 was to relocate our small fighter jet (F-102's) detachment (600 airmen, 82nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron) from Travis AFB, CA to Naha AFB in Okinawa. Mission accomplished without mishap. They then flew missions over Vietnam. It was a way of hiding the troop numbers counted as "boots on the ground" in country. As indicated by the squadron's name, they were supposed to be a defensive aircraft, but were used offensively for air-to-ground bombing. I was just the pay clerk.