F-22 Refuels in the Air
- A nugget's joust with a 135. Turecek, James M. // Approach: The Naval Safety Center's Aviation Magazine;Jul/Aug97, Vol. 42 Issue 4, following p28
Details the pilot's experience in getting fuel from an Air Force KC-135. Background information on the pilot; Details on the pilot's attempts to fuel; Reasons for the pilot's failure; Lesson learned from the experience.
- KC-135 Wing Moves from Michigan to Florida. // Citizen Airman: The Official Magazine of the Air National Guard ;Jun2008, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p13
The article reports on the movement of the 927th Air Refueling Wing from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan to MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. With the transfer, the wing went from owning its own KC-135 aircraft to flying and maintaining aircraft owned by Air Force's 6th Air...
- Let's Solve the Tanker Mess. Handy, John // Human Events;7/14/2008, Vol. 64 Issue 24, p1
The author stresses the need to end a debate over replacing the KC-135 Stratotanker of the U.S. Air Force. He expresses disapproval of the decision of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to overturn the planned acquisition of the quite large Airbus-330 tanker instead of the smaller Boeing...
- News Breaks. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;12/4/2006, Vol. 165 Issue 22, p60
The article reports on the completion of flight tests of the Boeing Automated Aerial Refueling program that demonstrated the ability of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to autonomously maintain a steady station behind a tanker aircraft as it flies a refueling orbit. The program aims to improve the...
- Guardian to be Test on KC-135. // Air Safety Week;2/21/2011, Vol. 25 Issue 8, p7
The article reports on the airplane modification program started by the U.S. Air National Guard and Northrop Grumman Corp. for tanker aircraft Boeing KC-135. It reports that the modifications are part of the preparations for the Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE) Northrop Grumman's Guardian...
- Why is this happening to me? Fierst, Les // Approach: The Naval Safety Center's Aviation Magazine;Feb1998, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p6
Recounts an emergency incident aboard a KC-135. Technical problems in the fuel supply, gears and sensory overload; Use of Prowler's checklist for unsafe indications of the landing gear; Blowing down of the gear to get normal configuration; Avoidance of fatal accidents using sound headwork and...
- Desert Shield fighter deployments rely on East Coast-based KC-135 tankers. Hughes, D. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;9/3/1990, Vol. 133 Issue 10, p175
Recounts the author's flight in a 1959 vintage KC-135A aircraft on a refueling mission. Operation Desert Shield fighter deployments are dependent in part on USAF Boeing KC-135s built 30 or more years ago and currently based on the East Coast.
- Unbalanced bays. Thomas, Jeff // Flying Safety;Oct97, Vol. 53 Issue 10, p2
Discusses problems affecting KC-135 winter operations and measures to deal with such problems. Uncommanded rotation on initial takeoff; Contamination of elevator balanced bays; Importance of visual inspection of the control surface bays for evidence of snow or ice accumulations.
- C/KC-135 avionics upgrade paces Air Force move to COTS. Sewell, Kelly // Military & Aerospace Electronics;Oct96, Vol. 7 Issue 10, p6
Reports on the US Air Force's avionics upgrade program for the C/KC-135 jet tankers, called the Pacer CRAG program. Shift from military specifications to commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products; Description of the parts used in the Pacer CRAG program.