The first thing in our "Dash 1" technical orders states: "Because of the magnitude of interrelated aerodynamic effects flying two aircraft at close vertical proximity is unsafe." So basically the USAF tells us that our job is not safe right off the bat. But I've hit turbulence during refueling where we had to initiate an emergency separation or "breakaway" several times. The boom operator disconnects, the tanker hits full throttle and the receiver plane drops a thousand feet in a couple seconds just to get separation. We also practice this all the time. Almost every flight since we have to separate and give up MARSA (Military Assumes Responsibility of the Separation of Aircraft) anyway.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:While refueling the C-5 behind the KC-10, the center engine would push the C-5 to a bit of skid off go one side. If you tried to stay perfectly centered on the lights you would pushed either way. Usually, you just state to one side and accepted the yaw.
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