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Why don't tanker aircraft have ejection seats?

Apparently, the KC-135 has no ejection seats (they used to have parachutes to allow the crew to manually bail out, but those were removed in 2008 to save money), and, according to this Quora ...
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What are these small propellers in the A330 MRTT's wings?

In actual flight there are small propellers rotating at the front of these "pillars". What are they? They are visible in this video.
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Can you identify this unusual plane by its description? [closed]

I saw this plane many years ago: Same shape and size as an commercial airliner. No windows along the fuselage Painted flat gray (like a naval ship) Had a blue circle on its "nose" (Blue painted ...
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Why are flying-boom tankers restricted to a single boom?

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: ...
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What type of engines are used on the RNLAF KDC-10 and KC-10's?

Does anyone know what type of engines are used on the Royal Netherlands Air Force's KC-10's/KDC-10's? I did some research and found out that they are GE CF6-50 engines, but what comes after the "50"? ...
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Can (part of) the fuel in your tanks be considered “property carried for compensation or hire”?

This question brings up that an experimental category aircraft cannot carry "persons or property for compensation or hire". However, this raises a question regarding civil-registry refueling tankers (...
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What does the term “tanker” mean when used in regards to a passenger airliner?

In a comment on this answer: Airlines will tanker fuel if it's substantially cheaper at another airport I've wondered what that term meant before, and now this comment leads me to think that ...
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Russian-built and NATO (USN, European) probe-and-drogue — are they interoperable?

Considering the current diversity of coalition air fleets in some parts of the world (the Horn of Africa situation comes to mind), can Russian-built tankers refuel NATO probe-and-drogue receivers, and ...
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What is the stall speed of the KC130?

Saw the video of the helicopter chopping of its own refuelling probe. That made me wonder what the stall speed of the tanker is, and how difficult it is to fly slow enough for the helis to keep up.
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Do tanker aircraft distribute their own fuel?

Do tanker aircraft, (such as the KC-135, KC-10, S-3B, etc), distribute fuel from their own fuel tanks, or is it strictly from a separate cargo tank? Obviously, some cargo tanks are going to be ...