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What Is This?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 6:37 am

Look at the left wing tip, what is that?

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RE: What Is This?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 6:43 am

Maby it is an extra fuel tank

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RE: What Is This?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 6:46 am

I'm going to have to go with Tg 747-300 on that one...


RE: What Is This?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 6:52 am

It's a pod used for air-to-air refuelling. A hose can be wound out from the pod, with a drogue or 'basket' on the end, for use by other aircraft equipped with a refuelling probe.
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RE: What Is This?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 6:59 am

It's an aerial refueling pod. In it is a hose reel with a drogue (basket) on the end of it. The hose is extended out to meet the aircraft receiving fuel. The drogue meets up with the refueling probe on the receiver.

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RE: What Is This?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 3:20 pm

Is this a commercial, passenger carrying airline? If so, why would they need to refuel other airplanes in flight? My first guess was that it is some kind of stormscope radar.
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RE: What Is This?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 4:05 pm

Spanish Air Force. That's what it says on the enlarged photo. And agreed, it's an AR hose fairing.

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