Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Michael J. Wulf, a bulk fuel specialist, describes how “hot refueling” works. During hot refueling, Marines must refuel a helicopter while the helicopter’s engine is still running. This process allows a helicopter to land and take off again as quickly as possible.
Marines involved in hot refueling must train regularly. This exercise took place at Marine Corps Base Quantico using a helicopter that is part of the Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) fleet, which provides transport for the president of the United States.