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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Mac Rae, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental technician, connects a fuel nozzle to an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a “hot pit” at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2017. “Hot pits” are a more efficient refueling method because the aircraft is refueled with its engines on, making the refill approximately 30% faster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)


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

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Mac Rae, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental technician, connects a fuel nozzle to an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a “hot pit” at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 28, 2017. “Hot pits” are a more efficient refueling method because the aircraft is refueled with its engines on, making the refill approximately 30% faster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

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