us Navy created history by refueling the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft in the air via an unmanned drone tanker on June 4. The whole world is shocked by this technical performance of America. This is the first time in the world that air refueling has been done in a fighter aircraft with a drone. The drone used in this is Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray. The video of this incident is also being shared extensively on social media.
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The test was carried out in the air, just a short distance from MidAmerica Airport in Muscotta, Illinois. This drone is planned to be operated from US aircraft carriers. This will eliminate the need for fighter jets to land on aircraft carriers repeatedly for refueling. In fact, fighter aircraft are not able to use their full fuel capacity during flight from an aircraft carrier. In such a situation, fighter planes have to make frequent landings on aircraft carriers for fuel.
There will be fewer accidents on aircraft carriers
Taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier is considered a very risky job. In such a situation, with the help of this drone, now fighter planes can be fueled in the air itself. This is expected to greatly strengthen the FA 18 Super Hornet fleet of the US Navy. Avoiding frequent take-offs and landings will also reduce the chances of fighter planes crashing.
Boeing’s Drone Director told the whole incident
Dave Bujold, director of Boeing’s MQ-25 program, said that during testing, a Navy Super Hornet fighter plane contacted the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 testing vehicle. After reaching a distance of 20 feet from this drone, the pilot of the fighter plane took an idea of the surrounding environment. He wanted to check how stable it is to fly near this drone.
Fuel filled after checking by connecting dry
When the pilot completed the observation with his watchful eyes, the UAV operator stationed at the ground control station turned on the fuel ejecting tube (Aerial Refueling Store Pod). After this the fighter plane flying at a distance of 20 feet came closer. During this, the Super Hornet also once connected dry to the refueling tube. During this time no fuel was filled in the fighter plane.
Air refueling done at different altitudes
On the second attempt, the aircraft reconnected the UAV’s fuel tube to the aerial refueling store pod. Then both the planes were flying at an altitude of 10000 feet above the ground. During this, the MQ-25 UAV supplied 300 pounds of fuel. Exactly the same feat was done at an altitude of 16000 feet. During this, the drone supplied 100 pounds of fuel to the fighter plane.