So what do the Namib desert beetle and prevention of airplane wing icing have in common? Apparently a lot. As pilots we know that icing conditions and ice forming on the leading edge of a wing are particularly hazardous conditions. Virginia Tech scientists studied the Namib desert beetle that lives in one of the most arid regions of the world. They found that a patterned surface, similar to the one found on the beetle’s back, not only controlled the build-up of ice, but also prevented the spread of ice.
It’s a success! The 1st test of the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling of 1600 lbs. of jet fuel to an F-16 was a complete triumph. The Pegasus aircraft is equipped with a new, advanced refueling boom, and 3-D video which is computer operated. This is a big change from the KC-135s where the operator had to lay face down, and look out a window to control the boom.
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