(19)
(11)EP 2 527 256 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
05.07.2017 Bulletin 2017/27

(43)Date of publication A2:
28.11.2012 Bulletin 2012/48

(21)Application number: 12169627.2

(22)Date of filing:  25.05.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B64D 39/02  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME

(30)Priority: 27.05.2011 US 201113117586

(71)Applicant: The Boeing Company
Chicago, IL 60606-1596 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • Richardson, Forrest Eugene
    Wichita, KS Kansas 67235 (US)

(74)Representative: Howson, Richard G.B. 
Kilburn & Strode LLP 20 Red Lion Street
London WC1R 4PJ
London WC1R 4PJ (GB)

  


(54)Aerial refuelling drogue deployment system


(57) Systems and methods provide for a drogue deployment system (130) that may be removably attached to a non-tanker aircraft to modify the aircraft for providing aerial refueling operations. Aspects of the disclosure provide a drum unit (132) that may be secured in a cargo area of the non-tanker aircraft and connected to the fuel system (124) of the aircraft. A drogue deployment unit (134) may be removably attached to an external surface of the aircraft fuselage (112) and includes a drogue extension tube (422) that may be selectively deployed outward from the fuselage (112) to provide separation between a refueling drogue (302) and the aircraft. The drogue (302) and corresponding refueling hose (304) may be deployed from a drogue container (424) attached to the drogue extension tube (422) and extended rearward for providing fuel to a receiving aircraft.