Huge Shell Oil Company tanker ships come into the harbour at Bangkok, Thailand, to off-load gasoline and other petroleum products for use by the U.
Shell tanker in harbor
Crew member hooks hoses to truck
Shell storage tank
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Background: Huge Shell Oil Company tanker ships come into the harbour at Bangkok, Thailand, to off-load gasoline and other petroleum products for use by the U.S. fighter and bomber aircraft based there. This is the source of fuel for the fighters and bombers used in bombing North and South Vietnam from Thailand bases.
Once the fuel is off-loaded, 3,000 gallon capacity Shell trucks are filled and head for Takhli, Royal Thai Air Force Base some 200 miles away. After arriving in Takhli, the fuel truck parks at the POL (Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant) area. The POL crew checks the seals on the truck and make hook-ups for unloading the gasoline.
The fuel is pumped into 50,000 galloon rubber bladders. Approximately 320,000 gallons of fuel are dispensed daily from this facility.
KC-135 aircraft are serviced by an air transportable hydrant system. Several aircraft can be serviced simultaneously by this system.
The KC-135's use are for post-strike and pre-strike in-flight refuelling.
Due to this system, there has not been a delayed mission because of fuel requirements. Without a system of this kind, a requirement of this nature could not be met. Truly, this is a "Pipeline to the Sky."