Photos show Finnish Air Force Hornets refueling from U.S. KC-135 during training exercise underway in Finland

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…).

KC-135 deincing

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.

Finnish Hornets refuel from US KC-135

Finnish Hornets refuel from US KC-135 2

Image credit: Finnish Air Force


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