History of Air-To-Air Refuelling

History of Air-To-Air Refuelling

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This is a unique account of the development and operational use of air-to-air flight refuelling since its early beginnings in the USA and the UK to the equipment that is in use today. The author draws upon his life-long career as senior design engineer with the successful British company In-Flight Refuelling who were responsible for the development of the hose and drogue technique now preferred by many of the world's air forces. The story begins in the early 1920s when the art of air refuelling was part of the Barn Storming record-breaking attempts that were popular in the USA. It continues into the late thirties when successful experiments were made. Amazingly, the Royal Air Force were not interested in pursuing this great technical advantage during World War II and it was the USAAF who requested the British invention to experiment with on their B-17s and B-24s. The Korean War saw extended use of operational air-to-air refuelling for the first time and now the 'tanker fleet' is an essential unit in major air-forces around the world.The fuel, air vent, electrical, suspension lug and fore and aft spigot interfaces between the aircraft and pod are shown in Fig 104, together with the method of hoisting the ... The hoisting winch was a standard manual winch attached to the side of the fuselage. ... ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH ARGOSY TANKER/ RECEIVER 123.

Title:History of Air-To-Air Refuelling
Author:Richard Tanner
Publisher:Pen and Sword - 2006-09-18


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