1. Take off from Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan then head South West to meet up with the first Tanker and refuel at 25,000 feet/Mach 0.9.
Once done, climb/accelerate to 71,000 feet/Mach 3.0 then cruise climb at 200 feet/minute continuing South West past Taiwan, North of the Philippine Islands and out over the South China Sea.
Skirting the East Coast of China, and after passing Hainan Island, make a 35 degree right hand turn onto a Northbound heading for the Gulf of Tonkin...
2. Continuing North, accelerate to Mach 3.17 preparing for a 'front door' entry into North Vietnam. Follow a heading of 284 degrees whilst overflying Haiphong, Hanoi.
Exit North Vietnam into Laos, then descend/decelerate on the way down South into Thailand for a second air-to-air refueling near Korat Air Base...
3. Once topped up with fuel - turn 180 degrees to the North then climb/accelerate.
Head East over the DMZ (demilitarised zone between North & South Vietnam) before crossing the Coast to head back to Kadena AFB...
(Optional - If the Weather is terrible ie. 'fogged in' (as it was on this flight), meet up with another Tanker for approximately 25,000 Ibs of fuel and divert to Ching Chuan Kang Airport, Taiwan)
*Most take off's were with 40,000 Ibs of fuel (1/2 a tank).
*Brake release to 78,000 feet/Mach 3.0 took less than 14 minutes.
*Air to air refueling took about 15 minutes...
*A typical descend/deceleration from 78,000 feet at Mach 3.0 down to 25,000 feet/Mach 0.9 took about 9 minutes.
The distance covered was 165NM. The Tanker would be 40NM ahead.
Lastly, if anyone's looking to do trips like these in groups with some very friendly people, I'd recommend Gripper Sim - YouTube.
Gripper & his co-host 'Col.Klink' run a Sunday Stream at 9pm Irish time on the Northern European Server every week.
They happen to both be real life Flight Instructors so they are quite capable at GA (General Aviation). You can learn a lot from watching them and they are always happy to answer questions.
But, they don't take things too seriously as the main objective is FUN! :-)
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