Finnish Air Force F/A-18s as seen from the tanker aircraft.
The images in this post were taken during aerial refueling training exercise underway from Apr. 4 to Apr. 8 in Finland.
Finnish Air Force single and two-seater F/A-18s are practicing AAR (Air-to-Air Refueling) with the help of the 100th ARW (Air Refueling Wing) from RAF Mildenhall, that deployed a KC-135 tanker to Rovaniemi airbase (where it found a pretty cold temperature as the image below proves…).
The drills, carried out in daylight conditions from 8AM to 4PM local time, aim to train Finnish Hornet pilots refuel mid-air by a tanker using the hose-and-drogue refueling system. A second such exercise is scheduled in September.
Image credit: Finnish Air Force