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Tupolev Tu-16 Wingtip-to-Wingtip Refueling

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Published on Jan 25, 2009

The Tu-16 tanker aircraft released a flexible hose from its wingtip. An aircraft, flying beside it, had to catch the hose with a special lock under its wingtip. After the hose was locked, and the connection was established, the fuel was pumped. It was used on a small number of Soviet Tu-4 and Tu-16 only (the tanker variant was Tu-16Z

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