CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM [DELETED] RE OBJECTIVE REFUELING OF A-12 WITH KC-135 TAN

Created: 7/11/1962

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ONLY KIEFER, BEEPLI, PARANQOSXY FRON NE NELSON.

FLIGHTIRBORNE0 JULYINUTES. BILL PARK PILOT. OBJECTIVE REFUELING2 WITHANKER. TAKE-OFF NADE0 LBS IN AB WITH WATER FOLLOWED BY CL 1MB OUT0 FEET ON AB.

FIVE CONTACTS WERE HADE WITH TANKER AND ALL WERE SUCCESSFUL HOOK-UPS. THE FIRST TWO WERE DRY AND FUEL WAS TRANSFERRED ON THE LAST THREE. 200 LBS,0 LBS ON LAST THREE. THE LONGEST HOOK-UP WASHICHINUTESECONDS. FUEL WAS TRANSFERRED0 LBS PER MINUTE ATSI. HOOK-UPS WERE MADE0 FEET,8 EXCEPT FORHICH VAS DONE. FROM THIS IT VAS DETERMINEDS BETTERROM OVERALL STANDPOINT.

DURING ONE REFUELING0 DEGREE RIGHT TURN VAS MADE VITHEGREE DRIFT IN AZIMUTH AND MAXIMUM OFT EXTENSION OF THE BOOM.

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TANKER CREW AND GENERAL YANCEY STATED THAT THIS WAS AS NICE AN AIRCRAFT AS THEY HAVE EVER REFUELED. VERY STABLE AND CONTROLLABLE. THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS FROM THE TANKER OR BOOM OPERATOR STANDPOINT.

THEREEFINITE PROBLEM OF VISIBILITY FROM2 HOWEVER, AND KELLY JOHNSON STATED THAT LAC WILL PUT IN AN ADJUSTABLE SEAT AND STUDY AN IMPROVEMENT OF VISION AREA THRU THE WINDSHIELD.

LAC STATED THAT RESULTS AND STUDY TO DATEREFERRED REFUELING ALTITUDE00 FTPEEDHEY ALSO FEELESCENDING REFUELING OPERATION WILL BE DESIRABLEEET PER mIN.

THE SAME PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED FOR JULYITH AN INCREASE OF FUEL TRANSFER RATE0LBS PER MINUTE. INESCENDING REFUELIN6 OPERATION WILL BE TRIED.

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