U.S. Air Force members demonstrated forward aerial refueling tactics with Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel July 8 during Talisman Sabre 2015.
The training demonstration helped provide Australian forces with the knowledge to establish similar capabilities for their future operations.
“We’re a forward area fuel extension, so we can set up anywhere, such as a farmer’s field or on a remote airstrip and act as a mobile gas station where aircraft can stop, refuel and either continue their mission or get home safely,” said Staff Sgt. John Dillard, an 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels specialist. “They’re in the process of rebuilding their forward aerial refueling teams, so this allows us to show them what we have and they can use what ideas they like most and tailor it to their missions.”
During the demonstration, members of the 353rd Special Operations Group and fuels specialists from the 18th LRS went through the steps they would use to rapidly deploy a forward area manifold cart and hook up fuel hoses from their aircraft to a …read more
Source:: Tactical Life