(3) The base fuels management flight provides equipment and personnel to conduct refueling
operations on the air base and operates 24 hours a day with three 8-hour shifts.
(4) The fuels management flights normally have a 30-minute response time from the time of
notification of refueling or defueling operations until the operation begins based on the priority of the operation.
(5) There are seven types of refueling operations conducted by the Air Force:
(a) Hot or Rapid Refuel: The aircraft is refueled while one or more engines are running.
(b) Hot or Rapid Defuel: Fuel is pumped out of the aircraft while one or more engines are
running. Keeping the engine running allows the fuel transfer pumps of the aircraft to speed the defuel process.
(c) Integrated Combat Turnaround:
1 Used to recover and relaunch aircraft in the minimum amount of time.
2 The ICT involves simultaneously performing refueling, munitions loading, or specified
maintenance functions. This makes the process similar to Army FARP procedures.
3 ICTs were formally reserved for emergency combat conditions, but are conducted as
routine operations on the air base.
(d) Hot Integrated Combat Turnaround:
1 ICT conducted with one or more engines running.
2 Hot ICTs are reserved for combat operations and combat training as authorized by the
(e) Multi-source Refueling: Large aircraft such as the C-5, C-141 and KC-10 require much larger
amounts of fuel and are often refueled from multiple sources such as a hydrant system and a refueling vehicle or
several refueling vehicles.
(f) Concurrent Servicing: Refueling operations conducted either with passengers on-board or in
conjunction with maintenance functions.
(g) TAB VEE or In-Shelter Refueling: Refueling operations conducted in hardened or alert
shelters. The authority to conduct TAB VEE operations is granted by the local commander and must be
accomplished through a hydrant system.