Fleet F/A-18s perform the SMART Tanking refueling practice that saves energy by configuring a Super Hornet tanker with only the centerline refueling tank. The tanker launches to refuel the aircraft returning from their mission then lands within about 20 minutes. Referred to as ìYo-yo Tankingî in the fleet, this method delivers up to 5,000 pounds of fuel per tanker without incurring undue drag, weight or efficiency penalties, said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Quinn, Naval Aviation Energy Conservation program lead, with Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNAP), Force Readiness.
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