Tanker aircraft can use one or both of two refuelling systems:
- Flying boom: A rigid boom is lowered from the tanker and inserted into a receptacle on the roof of the recipient aircraft.
- Probe\drogue: A flexible hose with a (usually) canvas cone on the end is unreeled from the tanker, and the recipient aircraft flies a forward-pointing probe into the center of the cone.
Aircraft can have multiple drogue units...
...but are limited to a single boom.
What prevents a tanker aircraft from having two or more booms?