Boom Drogue system installation for RIMPAC 16

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  • By Master Sgt. Grady Epperly
  • 507th Air Refueling Wing
Staff Sgt. James Andrus and Senior Airman Travis Krause, U.S. Air Force crew chiefs with the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., connect a drogue adapter to a KC-135R Stratotanker in order to connect a drogue. A drogue is used in air-to-air refueling. The probe and drogue method of refueling uses a trailing hose with a basket on the end. Pilots guide a probe on their aircraft into the basket to connect with the hose. Air Force helicopters, and all Navy and Marine Corps aircraft refuel using the hose-and-drogue for air-to-air refueling. Andrus, Krause and other Citizen Airmen are participating in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly/Released)