Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornets fighter jets performed in-flight refueling training with a US Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from September 7-9, 2021.
The Finnish Air Force conducts the air-to-air (AAR) refueling exercise with the US Air Force twice a year. The purpose of the exercises is to provide fighter pilots with AAR proficiency and training opportunities. Finnish F/A-18 pilots complete an AAR qualification as part of their training.
Karelia Air Command will conduct the second AAR exercise of 2021 in cooperation with the 100th Air Refueling Wing of the USAF, RAF base Mildenhall, UK.
The exercise was conducted in Finnish airspace in an area bordering Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Kajaani, and Oulu as part of the Finnish Air Force’s daily flight operations. Finnish F/A-18s flew from Rissala, Rovaniemi and Pirkkala air bases.
The air-to-air refueling exercises are part of the Defense Forces international training and exercises plan, approved by the Ministry of Defense of Finland. The previous similar AAR exercise took place in February 2021.