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Overview: The remarkable ability of bombers and jet fighters to be refueled while still in flight depends on the skills of In-flight Refueling personnel, more commonly known as Boom Operators. The name derives from the refueling equipment which is called a flying boom. In combat operations during the last twenty years, the great majority of air sorties were air-refueled, as tactical locations were usually long distances from supporting airfields.
- Directs receiver aircraft into air refueling position and advises receiver pilot of actions required to safely maintain position within the air-refueling envelope.
- Operates in-flight refueling controls to safely affect contact between tanker and receiving aircraft
- Computes weight and balance data and procedures to ensure tanker is properly loaded within safety guidelines
- Directs cargo loading and unloading
- ASVAB score of 55 on General
- Physical qualification for in-flight refueling duty
- Qualification for aviation service
- Normal depth perception
- Eligibility to deploy and mobilize worldwide
- Height not less than 64 inches or more than 77 inches
- Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX, followed by Technical Training
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