aerial re-fuelling

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Date:         07 Jul 96 14:09:00 
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A question to those who know much more than I about the airline industry:
Why is it that aerial re-fuelling, which has gained wide acceptance as a
military technology has not gained the same acceptance in the civiian
sector.  It seems a reasonable way to fly longer routes with less
expensive aircraft, and perhaps a lucrative field for a "tanking" service
as well.