This Is How You Refuel Jets In Mid-Air

By Sam Gibbs on at

Most airforces have been refuelling jets in mid-air for ages, extending the range of fighters and bombers so they can go nuke their targets. But did you know there's a bloke with a joystick, laying on his stomach and staring out of a window in the arse of the plane, actually flying the refuelling cable into the slot on the nose of the plane?

It's incredible to watch because they make it look so simple. It's easy to forget they're flying at a couple of hundred miles an hour, and that one false move could be catastrophic for both the A-10 and the Stratotanker. I can't said I'd fancy that as my job -- talk about pressure. [YouTube via Jalopnik]