Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Aviation Snapshot - Mid-air Refueling of the SR

The SR-71 refuels with a KC-135Q tanker. With the boom so far behind the pilot's cockpit, he had to rely exclusively on the tanker's director lights to tell him how well he was doing in maintaining the correct formation position. It took fifteen to twenty minutes to get a full load of JP-7. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission by Col. Richard H. Graham, USAF (ret.).

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