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Tanker refueling question

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:25 pm
by bhill
This may sound silly, but how are the tankers themselves refueled? Through the wing access ports as a usual airliner? Or are there ports with larger GPH throughput? I would think the AF would want the turn around tile to be as short as possible.

Re: Tanker refueling question

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:25 pm
by GalaxyFlyer
Thru the standard SPR port, most bases are on hydrant lines, so fairly quick—45 minutes.

Re: Tanker refueling question

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:25 pm
by GalaxyFlyer
Thru the standard SPR port, most bases are on hydrant lines, so fairly quick—45 minutes. They might have two, as we did on the C-5

Re: Tanker refueling question

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:40 pm
by superbizzy73
If I remember correctly (definitely take this with a grain of salt), when we fueled KC-10’s, the could take fuel at right around 1000 gallons per minute. The KC-135’s were around 500-600 gpm. I’m thinking the KC-46 would be able to take around 1000 gpm, just like the 767.

Re: Tanker refueling question

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:44 pm
by kc135topboom
The SPR for the KC-135R, and all other Mission C-135s is in the right main gear wheel well. The KC-135Ts have two SPRs, one in each main gear wheel well.