July 11, 2011 09:19
The Air Force's fighter jets will practice midair refueling from U.S. flying service stations over the Korean Peninsula for the first time late this month.
Aerial refueling increases the time fighter jets can stay in the air and raises their weapons payload.
A government source on Sunday said Air Force fighters will practice the maneuver over the peninsula and the West Sea from July 25.
The U.S. military will reportedly send KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa for the drill.
The Air Force wants about a dozen pilots to get aerial refueling licenses and to maintain them through training every six months.
Four Air Force pilots already gained such licenses after training in the U.S. but were disqualified because they did not retrain regularly afterwards.
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