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Offline jzichek

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Unusual USAF In-Flight Refueling Studies from 1949
« on: February 12, 2019, 04:15:16 pm »


In-Flight Refueling of Fighter Aircraft Design Study is a report dated October 26, 1949 that was prepared by the Engineering & Research Division of All American Airways, Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware for the US Air Force under contract no. AF33(038)-2276. This 24 page PDF contains 3 high resolution photos and 7 drawings of various unusual in-flight refueling schemes, most of the concepts involving the physical insertion of the nose of a Lockheed P-80 or Republic F-84 into a pneumatic cone built into various parts of a Boeing KB-29, such as the tail, wing tips, and top of the vertical stabilizer. Also included are a pair of methods of capturing and holding the aircraft as well as All Americanís take on the probe-and-drogue method that was ultimately adopted by the US Navy. One of several unconventional aerial refueling concepts is shown below in high resolution:



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Re: Unusual USAF In-Flight Refueling Studies from 1949
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 06:17:51 pm »
Hey, neato. Purchased and successfully downloaded. Good to see you back at releasing this sort of thing.
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Re: Unusual USAF In-Flight Refueling Studies from 1949
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 08:08:38 pm »
Thank you - hope you enjoy the material!
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Re: Unusual USAF In-Flight Refueling Studies from 1949
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 04:12:45 am »
Looks new idea by its time,thank you my dear Zichek.

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Re: Unusual USAF In-Flight Refueling Studies from 1949
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2019, 09:43:50 am »
Thank you for posting this. We need another book about this and other projects.

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Re: Unusual USAF In-Flight Refueling Studies from 1949
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2019, 08:58:48 pm »
Some interesting concepts there, though the engaging claws look to be developed by a team of Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson.

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Re: Unusual USAF In-Flight Refueling Studies from 1949
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2019, 12:03:48 am »
The German DSF study during the WW2 a similar concept called "Starrschlepp" of tow system were Aircraft dock at tail unit
but the connectors were completely different and no refuel, as in USAF study


More on that system you find in book
Geheimprojekte der DFS 1935-1945
by Horst Lommel
Motorbuchverlag ISBN 3-61302072-6
page 39-42
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