Re: aerial re-fuelling

From: (Gerard Foley)
Organization: The Greater Columbus FreeNet
Date:         16 Jul 96 13:59:51 
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Robert Dorsett ( wrote:


: Also, keep in mind that tankers are more or less just regular airliners,
: with an ability to refuel other airplanes.  Unless special accomod-
: ations are made, the onboard fuel capacity is the same as for their civilian
: equivalent.


   I'm surprised.  I would think a tanker would have additional tankage
to accomodate a fuel weight equal to the passenger plus cargo weight
of the equivalent airliner type.

   Otherwise I agree with all the explanations about why the airlines
don't and shouldn't use aerial refuelling.

  An omitted reason for military aerial refuelling is that it doesn't
require permission from a foreign power to land and refuel.