Monday, August 12, 2013

Gettin' Gas...

Eagles at Sunset
I'm on the road, blogging could be sparse from time to time but I found that picture above and just had to find a good Eagle video to go with it. I think I found one.

Aggressors out of Nellis, hittin' the tanker. No music, just flying. Check out the pilot's helmet!

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  1. No music, just flying.

    That's the way The Deity At Hand intended it.

    Apropos o' nuthin'... I occasionally see 130s out o' Cannon orbiting around P-ville refueling behind KC-135s from Gawd-knows-where. Even that is an amazing sight.

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    1. I've seen 130s give gas, but never get gas. That would be a sight to see!

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  2. Well, thanks Sarge! Got my morning off to a good, if nostalgic, start. I do have a question for you or one of your readers. Does anyone know why the USAF went to a two wing tank config for the Eagle? When I was flying it (dodging Pterodactyls), we flew clean, centerline or three bag if we were going someplace, never two wing tanks.

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    1. I've wandered the web searching for an answer to that question. I now know more about external fuel tanks and CFTs than I would have thought possible.

      But still no answer as to the wing tanks versus the centerline. I seem to recall seeing somewhere that the centerline tank (empty or full) can handle higher g-loads than the wing tanks. But my head was starting to hurt at that point so I stopped reading. (Still wouldn't explain the use of just two wing tanks.)

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    2. Yeah, as I recall, the centerline G limits were the same as the aircraft's (9Gs), I seem to recall that the wing tanks were maybe 7. So my hypotenuse is that they've loaded them that way so the G warning will start to trigger in the 6-6.5 range and minimize the structural failures with the longitudinal braces that caused the fleet to be grounded a few years ago. Preserve the 9gs for when you really need them.

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    3. Best explanation I've heard so far. Makes sense.

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