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NEWS | Jan. 18, 2024

Wolf Pack maintainers, logisticians keep jets fueled for the fight

By Senior Airman Karla Parra, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 8th Operations Group and 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron teamed up to conduct hot pit refueling during routine flying operations Jan. 17.

Hot pit refueling refers to a process when aircraft are refueled while their engines are still on. Logisticians and maintainers routinely practice this technique with F-16 Fighting Falcons from both the 80th and 35th Fighter Squadrons. Minimizing the amount of time aircraft spend on the ground returns the aircraft to their mission faster and increases the wing’s readiness posture through agile combat employment principles.