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F-14 Refuelling Probe

To extend the range and time on station of the Tomcat, a refueling probe was included in the F-14's design. The refuelling probe is not fixed, but retractable. The refueling probe bay door was deleted on those F-14s delivered to the Imperial Iranian Air Force and later it was removed on those Tomcats flying missions in the Gulf war in 1991. The reason for this is that the refuelling probe bay door might have caused problems when being refuelled by US Air Force tankers. Remember that USAF tankers usually have a fix connection to the refuelling USAF aircraft unlike the US Navy refuelling system that uses a loose hose connection.

The maximum in-flight refueling rate is approimately 475 GPM (Gallons per minute) at 57 psi.

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