Range Enhancement Equations for Various Refueling Options

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Rand, 1982 - Airplanes - 65 pages
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This document presents a series of simplified equations and numerical calculations indicating the magnitude of range augmentation (or, equivalently, payload enhancement for a fixed range) that refueling by tankers can provide long range combat aircraft (LRCA). The treatment is theoretical and should apply to LRCAs of various design. Examined are several refueling conditions, including two pre-fueling tactics for the tanker and two post-fueling tactics for the tanker. In addition, the author considers both pre- and post-strike refueling for the LRCA, and indicates the potential advantages in range enhancement derived from dropping the payload along the LRCA's flight path. Finally, for analytic convenience, most of the derivations and calculations assume that the LRCA and tanker are equal-size, being derived from the same basic airframe and engine. (Author).

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Contents

BREGUET RANGE EQUATIONS
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RANGE ENHANCEMENT FROM TWO OR MORE TANKERS PER COMBAT
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RANGE ENHANCEMENTS WHERE ONE TANKER SUPPORTS TWO COMBAT
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