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The C-390 can also perform the aerial refueling role with drogue refueling pods under the wings.
Practically any aircraft can be an aerial refueler with refueling pods, first invented in the UK (where else?) in the late 1940s. The U.S. Navy and Marines have used them extensively since the 1950s for "buddy refueling" where a fighter or attack aircraft refuels a second aircraft to extend its range. More recently, pods are attached below the wings on large transports to make them into tanker/transports.

As previously posted, the U.S. Navy plans to integrate 5 unmanned MQ-25A aircraft in each carrier air wing to perform aerial refueling using a pod.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_refueling
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When people speak about "range anxiety" these days, most will think about electric vehicles. Some will think about planes.

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Some more vintage Navy aerial refueling photos:
1) North American AJ Savage (with internal reel) refueling F2H Banshee (1956; these were the early days of Navy aerial refueling)
2) Douglas AD Skyraider with refueling pod refueling FJ Fury (1958)
3) Grumman KA-6 Intruder refueling F-14A (1982) (Note: The KA-6D had an internal reel but it was often troublesome and therefore the aircraft often carried a refueling pod on the centerline as well.) (It's Tomcat Thursday!)
and a more recent Marine photo:
4) Lockheed KC-130J Hercules refueling MV-22B (present)
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And a vintage USAF Tactical Air Command Boeing KB-50J tanker with three drogues refueling an F-101, an F-100 and a B-66 simultaneously.

The Air Force was buying the Boeing KC-135A tanker in large numbers, but the Strategic Air Command jealously guarded their prerogative to operate these modern boom-equipped tankers to refuel heavy bombers. The Tactical Air Command had to make do with leftover obsolescent tankers for a number of years.
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All complaining about "global warming" & humanities carbon footprint.
Speaking of aerial refueling tankers and VIP transports, Britain's final version of "Blair Force One" (A330) supposedly retains its tanker and troop transport functions when not shuttling the royals and ministers around. The UK was late to the VIP transport game, making everyone fly commercial. I remember Blair or some other PM crossing the pond on a BA Concorde, but don't recall if it was a regular scheduled flight or a government charter.....

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I'm currently reading "Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission."

The book explains in great detail everything it takes to put the SR-71 in the air. The ground support, the training, suiting up, flight planning, staging KC-135Q tankers, weather, everything.

The workload for the crew was just insane - computers were pretty crude back then.
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The book explains in great detail everything it takes to put the SR-71 in the air. The ground support, the training, suiting up, flight planning, staging KC-135Q tankers, weather, everything.
And that is what killed the SR-71: The incredible cost of all that infrastructure including the tanker support. It was a national treasure, but the high cost led to its demise.

For those interested in the SR-71, Rich Graham's books are a must-read.
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And that is what killed the SR-71: The incredible cost of all that infrastructure including the tanker support. It was a national treasure, but the high cost led to its demise.

For those interested in the SR-71, Rich Graham's books are a must-read.
I'd guess that if you asked anyone involved with the SR-71 today, they'd all agree that pissing off the Russians made it well worth the effort. The SR-71 came home with film showing the feeble attempts by the Russians to intercept the SR-71. The Migs were always too late, too slow and too low.
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There are traditionally two logistics support squadrons in the U.S. Navy operating carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft and supporting aircraft carriers at sea. VRC-30 (Pacific fleet) and VRC-40 (Atlantic fleet) performed this function for many years using the Grumman C-2A Greyhound.

The Navy has purchased 44 CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to replace the C-2As and established a small training squadron and two replacement COD squadrons flying the Osprey: VRM-30 (Pacific fleet) and VRM-40 (Atlantic fleet) are in the process of assuming the COD mission.

VRC-30, based at the Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, has just completed the squadron's last flight of a C-2A; On the Pacific side, VRM-30 will now carry the load. On the Atlantic side, the end is imminent as well.

Here's a photo of the last VRC-30 C-2A on its last flight, ending almost sixty years of service to the fleet.

And a photo of the new CMV-22B, the C-2A's replacement.
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Some more news on that F-35 out of Charleston, appears it went into 'safe' mode while on autopilot avoiding built up areas, it seemingly completely disintegrated after crashing into a field and exploding, the pilot hearing a loud bang 25 minutes after ejecting.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-plane-is.html
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The Navy has purchased 44 CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to replace the C-2As and established a small training squadron and two replacement COD squadrons flying the Osprey: VRM-30 (Pacific fleet) and VRM-40 (Atlantic fleet) are in the process of assuming the COD mission.
It will be a steep learning curve transitioning from the Greyhound to the Osprey. Assuming of course that the current crews are being considered. Two very different types of birds.
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It will be a steep learning curve transitioning from the Greyhound to the Osprey. Assuming of course that the current crews are being considered. Two very different types of birds.
I think they are starting over on the crews. A young C-2A pilot can transition to the CMV-22B or the E-2D or any other platform. The older pilots are simply left behind.
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The training program for V-22 pilots is rather interesting, as it is an aircraft that mostly flies like a fixed-wing aircraft but can also hover like a helicopter.

The training pipeline (mostly for Marine Corps pilots):
-- The usual flight screening and pre-flight training in common with all pilots
-- Primary flight training in the T-6B for about 90 flight hours, also in common with all pilots
-- Intermediate helicopter flight training in the TH-57 or new TH-73 for about 60 flight hours
-- Advanced training in the King Air (T-44; soon to be the new T-54) for about 65 flight hours

Following which MV-22 Osprey flight training with the Marines in the MV-22B. Navy COD pilots then go on to a final course at VRM-50 for CMV-22B finishing touches.
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-- Advanced training in the King Air (T-44; soon to be the new T-54) for about 65 flight hours
I was wondering why the King Air, then I found this:

"The T-54A will provide crucial advanced instrument and asymmetric engine handling training to student naval aviators selected for multi-engine fleet communities. This includes branches of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Training with the T-54A will be applicable towards flying P-8, EP-3, KC-130, E-6, E-2, CMV-22 and MV-22 aircraft. "

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I think they are starting over on the crews. A young C-2A pilot can transition to the CMV-22B or the E-2D or any other platform. The older pilots are simply left behind.
I see Osprey's around here quite often. Their unique sound gives them away miles before they pass by.

We were having lunch at our county airport a few years ago when two Ospreys fired up and left. We were dining on the patio, so we ended up with grass cuttings on our food.
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We were having lunch at our county airport a few years ago when two Ospreys fired up and left. We were dining on the patio, so we ended up with grass cuttings on our food.
Perfect for a little extra garnish for the salad.
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