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380AEW Article

F-35 Hot Pit Refuel Enchanes Readiness Capabilities

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  • By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anna-kay Ellis
  • 380 AEW
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)