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As I was practicing some A2A refueling, and complaining how much harder a boom vs a basket is, it clicked me. Isn't the F-18 only a basket refueling capable ?How are we going to refuel it ? Are we going to have to ask the russkies to lend us a tanker ? :D

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We will see what happens ^.^ Maybe ED has a surprise for us

 

The surprise will be that you need to do a great job of fuel management! More than likely, your carrier will have collided with a civilian cargo ship and sunk before you get back. So, have that divert as a waypoint!


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here is what we need folks, I have actually seen this very thing where I live (2 F-18s refueling off a KC-130) the navy flies training right over my house as i'm near NAS Pax River. These guys where flying really low and very slow when they were doing this training.

 

(note I didn't take this picture, I just searched the web for something similar to what I saw)

 

Apparently, the KC-130 can air refuel quite a bit of probe aircraft... F-14, AV-8B, CH-53, A-6, Mig-29... Etc, you name it... Now the only thing is, it is not launched from a carrier obviously but rather from a ground base.

 

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here is a web article on the USMC KC-130J from the commanding officer of one of the squadrons.

 

http://www.sldinfo.com/the-kc-130j-and-usmc-operations-the-maturing-of-the-osprey-as-a-partner-for-change/

 

so, food for thought...

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We don't need any new aircraft. The KC-135 had a basket adapter.

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We don't need any new aircraft. The KC-135 had a basket adapter.

 

It's not implemented in DCS. Yet(?)

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I can attest to the destruction of the Iron Maiden. Back in 01, the airforce ripped so many of our probes off, the supply system ran out. We had to swap probes from down jets, to up jets, just to make the flight schedule. It's another reason you'll see pictures of Hornets, with the probe fairing removed. Less chance of it getting knocked off, and sucked down an intake if you just take it off.

 

I like the idea of an adapter for the KC-135, but I think DCS needs the KC-130 also. Imagine a KC-130 with Marine Harrier on one wing, and a Marine Hornet on the other.


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It's not implemented in DCS. Yet(?)
Obviously. Never did I say that the KC-135 in DCS has this. I said the real thing has this option.

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