In the shadow of the Frisian Flag multinational air combat war games now in full throttle at Royal Netherlands Air Force Base Leeuwarden, a bit south the first European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training (EART) kicked off on 31 March 2014 at Eindhoven Airbase.
The EART brings 10 tanker aircraft together, including those from the Koninklijke Luchtmacht / RNLAF (McDonnell Douglas KDC-10), the Luftwaffe / German Air Force (Airbus A310 MRTT) and the Aeronautica Militare Italiana / Italian Air Force (Boeing KC-767).
During the multinational flying fuel station exercise Eindhoven serves as a Tanker Forward Operating Base, making it possible for technicians and logistic experts to train, prepare and plan for possible future deployments. Having EART at the same time as Frisian Flag creates great possibilities for the tanker crews to refuel the fighters airborne further north, making both exercises gain possibilities and realism.
The first European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training (EART) lasts until 11 April 2014.
Source: Ministerie van Defensie (the Netherlands MoD)