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F-35 Hot Pit Refuel Enchanes Readiness Capabilities

Members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics Readiness Squadrons standby as an F-35A Lightning II taxis toward a hot pit refueling point on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020 . A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This capability enhances the readiness of the wing and ability to execute the air tasking order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

Members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics Readiness Squadrons standby as an F-35A Lightning II taxis toward a hot pit refueling point on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020 . A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This capability enhances the readiness of the wing and ability to execute the air tasking order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

Members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics Readiness Squadrons hot pit refuel an F-35A Lightning II on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020. A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This capability enhances the readiness of the wing and ability to execute the air tasking order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

Members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics Readiness Squadrons hot pit refuel an F-35A Lightning II on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020. A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This capability enhances the readiness of the wing and ability to execute the air tasking order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kurt Anderson, 380th Air Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics journeyman, executes a hot pit refueling of an F-35A Lightning II on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020.  A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This is the first-time that an F-35 has been hot-pit refueled at Al Dhafra Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kurt Anderson, 380th Air Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics journeyman, executes a hot pit refueling of an F-35A Lightning II on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020. A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This is the first-time that an F-35 has been hot-pit refueled at Al Dhafra Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Ragsdale, 380th Air Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, adjusts the settings on an R-11 refueling truck during an F-35A Lightning II hot pit refueling on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020.  A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This capability enhances the readiness of the wing and ability to execute the air tasking order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Ragsdale, 380th Air Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, adjusts the settings on an R-11 refueling truck during an F-35A Lightning II hot pit refueling on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020. A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This capability enhances the readiness of the wing and ability to execute the air tasking order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)

Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates -- Members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics Readiness Squadrons standby as an F-35A Lightning II taxis toward a hot pit refueling point on the Al Dhafra Air Base flightline, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 29, 2020 . A hot pit refueling is the process in which ground crew Airmen refuel an aircraft while its engines are still running, minimizing the time required to get the aircraft airborne again. This capability enhances the readiness of the wing and ability to execute the air tasking order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis)