255 – Aerial Refueling with the KDC-10
Guest: Martin and Louis Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Kolja Dummann
In late March 2017 I was participating in the media day of the European Air Refueling Training Exercise, organized by the European Air Transport Command headquartered in Eindhoven. While the planned flight on the Dutch KDC-10 did not work our for technical reasons, I recorded a follow-up interview with tanker captain Martin and boom operator Louis. We discussed a number of details around air-to-air refuelling in general and the KDC-10 in particular. The episode begins with an overview of aerial refueling that I recorded myself.
Here is the page of Matthias Grägel with air-to-air pictures taken during EART 2017.
- RNLAF KDC10 at Eindhoven
- RNLAF F-16 tries to refuel over Afghanistan in heavy turbulance
- RNLAF F-16AM refuelling with KDC-10 RNLAF
- Exercise EART 2015 Tanker meet at Eindhoven Airbase
- E-3 AWACS popping up dangerously
- A Day in the Life of US Air Force Aerial Refueling Aircraft : KC-135 Stratotanker Refueling F-16’s
- Inside Air Force’s KC-10 Extender Aerial Refueling Tanker
- F-16 Jets Refuel In-Flight + Boom Interphone
- Mid-Air Refueling: F16 Pilots Are Cool
- Mid-Air Refueling: C-17 Globemaster
- F-15 Eagles Inflight Refueling: Pilot and Boom Operator Comms
These pictures are (c) RNLAF
Introduction to Aerial Refueling by Markus00:01:08
Air-to-air Refueling | Flying boom method | Probe-and-Drogue method | A-6 | F-18 | Buddy Refueling | And I forgot to mention the KC-130 :-) | Boom-drogue adapter units | KC-135 with hose | List of Tankers
Introduction of Guests00:15:57
Air tasking order (CAOC - Combined Air Operations Centre | ATC - Air traffic control) | Link 16
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker | McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender | Boeing C-17 Globemaster III | Boeing E-3 Sentry | E-8 AWACS Air Refueling gone wrong
What the $#!+ an hour long wt-en episode? I think Marcus must be getting lazy ;-)
p.s. Back when I was sitting in the front of a CH-53E the probe extended beyond the edge of the rotordisc for a very good reason (although they never did let me try it – for yet another very good reason!).
Sorry :-). I know that the boom extends from below the rotor disk. However, to me it still seems pretty damn close, the hose and the rotor.
Another good episode, thanks.
In your introduction you missed that the Airbus A330 MRTT is in service with Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the UK (with various orders in place with other countries). At least the RAAF ones have been used on active operations in Iraq/Syria.
Right, I completely forgot about those. Thanks for the addition!
Ich kann mich erinnern, das ich mal als Junge beim Tag der offnen Tür in Ramstein auf dem Bedienerplatz hinten im Flugzeug lag. Ich hab noch den Geruch des Leders der Liegen in der Nase *g*
Schade das man da heute nicht mehr reinkommt…
Generell geht das schon noch, nur halt nicht dort und an dem Tag.