Scott Air Force Base recently hosted a Navy E-2D Hawkeye hot pit refueling mission.
In a hot pit refueling, the aircraft does not completely shut down, which enables the aircraft to be refueled and take-off quicker, cutting hours off of a coast-to-coast flight.
Moreover, one engine is left running while fuel is pumped into a single-point refueling door that fills both the left and right tank simultaneously
Because it was Scott’s first hot pit refueling on a fixed-wing aircraft, the crew and members of the 375th Operations Support Squadron held a classroom briefing and a practice run beforehand to help mitigate risks and review all proper procedures.
In this regard, because of Scott’s central location in the Midwest, it is a convenient spot for aircraft to stop to refuel during coast-to-coast flights.