The aviator photoblogging the last cruise of the Tomcats has some more pics up at his Flickr site. Check ’em out.
Here’s a good one and his entry:
This was Puck and Mr. Hanky on their first combat mission — mine, as well. That is the boom and basket from an Air Force KC-135, most pilots’ least favorite tanker. Notice that the hose is not only short (less than ten feet, compared to 30-40 for an S-3), but it will not allow flow unless it has a >90 angle at the basket joint. Hence pilots have to get in the basket, which is hard and unforgiving, and then maintain that ridiculous kink in the hose.
Be sure to keep an eye on the site. Much higher res versions are available there.