Air Force Photos

Hot pit refueling
Technicians clear the ramp as an A-10 Thunderbolt II taxies out of the hot pit after a hasty refuel Dec. 8, 2010, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Hot pit refueling is a procedure usually performed in a combat situation to rapidly refuel aircraft while their engines are running to thrust pilots back into the fight. The crews from the Air Force Reserve Command's 442nd Fighter Wing are practicing this procedure to keep their skills sharp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kenny Holston)

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