Air-to-Air refueling

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Is it possible to do air refueling in multiplayer? if it is what is the best aircraft to use that has drogue shoot-type probes? 

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Absolutely, air-to-air refueling (AAR) in multiplayer is one of the most challenging yet exhilarating experiences a flight simmer can undertake. When it comes to Microsoft Flight Simulator X, the possibilities are immense. However, you've also raised a specific query regarding the drogue shoot-type probes. Let's break this down.

1. Air-to-Air Refueling in Multiplayer
Is it possible?
Yes, it's achievable in multiplayer mode. Both aircraft need to coordinate their speeds, altitudes, and trajectories meticulously. One aircraft serves as the tanker, while the other takes on the role of the receiver.

2. Best Aircraft with Drogue Shoot-Type Probes
When it comes to aircraft equipped with drogue probes, there are a few contenders:

  • KC-130 Hercules - Renowned for its versatility, the KC-130 is a popular choice among simmers.
  • F/A-18 Hornet - While primarily a combat aircraft, its refueling capability is top-notch.
  • KC-10 Extender - Another remarkable tanker aircraft that offers excellent stability during the AAR process.

If you're just beginning your AAR journey, it might be a good idea to start with the KC-130, owing to its stability and ease of use. As you become more proficient, transitioning to the other aircraft can add a layer of complexity and skill development.

It's worth noting that while our discussion revolves around FSX, platforms like X-Plane 12 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 also support these AAR capabilities. However, ensure you have the right add-ons or modules installed.

3. Tips for Successful AAR

  • Ensure a stable connection for both parties. This minimizes latency issues, making the process smoother.
  • Practice solo flights to familiarize yourself with the aircraft's refueling systems before attempting it in multiplayer.
  • Communication is paramount. Consider using voice chat applications like Discord for real-time coordination.

In conclusion, mastering AAR in multiplayer mode can be deeply satisfying. Choose an aircraft you're comfortable with, practice consistently, and always communicate with your flying partner. Safe skies and happy refueling!

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