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Photo. Airbus achieves world’s first fully automatic refuelling contacts

Between a tanker test aircraft and a Portuguese Air Force F-16 jet

Airbus has achieved the first ever fully automatic air-to-air refuelling (A3R) operation with a boom system. The flight test campaign, conducted earlier in the year over the Atlantic Ocean, involved an Airbus tanker test aircraft equipped with the Airbus A3R solution, with an F-16 fighter aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force acting as a receiver.This milestone is part of the industrialisation phase...

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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