probe-and-drogue love



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  • adj. Pertaining to a method of aerial refuelling whereby a probe from the receiving aircraft fits into a trailing hose with drogue attachment from a tanker aircraft.
  • adj. Pertaining to a method of docking spacecraft.


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  • The potential C-130J replacements can be air refueled, but not by the probe-and-drogue method used by the CF-188s; the Js require "flying boom" capability.

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  • The U.S. Marines employed the KC130F version which served primarily as a probe-and-drogue refueling plane, although when the rubber fuel bladders were removed from the cargo compartment, the plane also served as a transport.

    Alm, Richard A.

  • Aircraft modified as tanker for probe-and-drogue refueling experiments; l B-47B converted.

    Strategic Air Command: People Aircraft and Missiles 2nd Edition

  • The tanker will be equipped with a refuelling probe and the receiver with a hose-drum unit - the opposite of the normal probe-and-drogue arrangement - and it is the tanker that will rendezvous with the receiver, maneuver into contact with the basket and

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  • "With over 500 F-16 fighters in service with 22 countries, the Indian probe-and-drogue refueling system could find a wide market provided it was tested and certified by the military aviation authorities in the buyer countries."

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  • But tankers equipped with probe-and-drogue systems can refuel as many as three planes at once (although two is usually the maximum).

    Slate Magazine

  • These flights, conducted by the second S.OVL variant aircraft, BF-2, demonstrated the aircraft's ability to refuel in flight using the probe-and-drogue approach favoured by the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

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  • DefenceTalk. com reports The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in a joint effort with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, performed the first-ever autonomous probe-and-drogue airborne refueling operation August 30, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.



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