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Airmen from the 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform a “hot pit” on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2017. A “hot pit” is the refueling of an aircraft while its engine is still running. This type of refueling is more than 30% faster than shutting down the engine to refuel and doubles sortie generation time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)


Comin’ in hot: F-16 Fighting Falcons receive “hot pit” refueling

Airmen from the 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform a “hot pit” on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2017. A “hot pit” is the refueling of an aircraft while its engine is still running. This type of refueling is more than 30% faster than shutting down the engine to refuel and doubles sortie generation time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

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