First aerial refuelling for Romanian F-16s

Romania’s newly acquired F-16 fighters have undertaken their first aerial refuelling sorties.

On February 28 the first air-to-air refuelling training took place within Romanian airspace with the MLU-upgraded F-16A/B jets of Escadrila 53 Vanatoare (53rd Fighter Squadron) ‘Warhawks’ operating from Baza Aeriana 86 (86th Air Base) at Borcea.

Photo: Adrian Sultănoiu

A KC-135 belonging to US Air Forces in Europe’s 100th Air Refueling Wing operating from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk provided the tanker for the training exercise.

The Romanian F-16 pilots were qualified for aerial refuelling missions during their conversion to the type in Portugal.

Photo: Adrian Sultănoiu

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