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R-11 Truck - Refueling Military Aircraft

Trucks are used by the U.S. Air Force to refuel aircraft at important moments.

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R-11 Truck - Refueling Military Aircraft
Updated July 18, 2011

The R-11 truck is used by the U.S. Air Force to refuel aircraft quickly and efficiently at critical times.

Gallons of Fuel

The R-11 truck is known as a mobile refuelling vehicle. It is used by the U.S. Air Force to refuel aircraft at home and abroad. The latest generation of R-11 truck entered service with the U.S. Air in 2004. The vehicle is manufactured by the Kovatch Corporation which is based in Pennsylvania and also manufactures fire trucks and police cars. In the past, the R-11 trucks were made by Volvo and the Oshkosh Truck Corporation. The first of the refueler trucks entered service with the U.S. military in 1989.

The R-11 trucks hold a maximum of 6,000 gallons of fuel and are capable of dispensing the fuel at a rate of 600 gallons per minute. This speed allows the trucks to refuel military aircraft quickly, enabling them to turn around and takeoff again at critical moments. The R-11 truck weighs 40,000 pounds without any fuel and as much as 70,000 pounds when fully loaded with fuel. The vehicle also features a two door cab and a six cylinder turbocharged engine that is liquid cooled, allowing the trucks to operate in hot places such as Iraq and Afghanistan without overheating.

 

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