A Spanish Eurofighter C.16 in its usual habitat (Image © Ejército del Aire)

First Eurofighter air-to-air refueling with KC-130J Hercules

In August, the first air-to-air refueling fights between Spanish Air Force Eurofighters and United States Marine Corps (USMC) KC-130J Hercules aircraft took place in Spain.

The Eurofighters were from Esc 111 (squadron), part of Ala 11 (11th Wing) based at Morón Air Base in Southern Spain. The ops with the tanker were part getting to the squadron’s evaluation of the operational capabilities in October. The USMC Hercules tankers are already at Morón as part of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa.

The Spanish Air Force is planning more tanker meetings with other units and aircraft, to increase the interoperability of its and allied armies.

Source: Ejército del Aire
Featured image: A Spanish Eurofighter C.16 in its usual habitat (Image © Ejército del Aire)

3-ship formation of Spanish air force Eurofighters behind a USMC KC-130J (Image © Ejército del Aire)
3-ship formation of Spanish air force Eurofighters behind a USMC KC-130J (Image © Ejército del Aire)
A single seat Spanish air force Eurofighter gets ready for the next contact (Image © Ejército del Aire)
A single seat Spanish air force Eurofighter gets ready for the next contact (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Air-to-air refueling above typical Spanish landscape (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Air-to-air refueling above typical Spanish landscape (Image © Ejército del Aire)