The third European Air Refuelling Training (EART) was conducted at the Eindhoven Air Base (EHEH) from 10 to 22 April, 2016. This multinational air refuelling training is organized by the European Air Transport Command (EATC) and hosted by The Netherlands.
The European Air Transport Command (EATC) is a multinational command established in 2010 and integrates a staff of 200 people coming from seven member nations. The objective of the European Air Refuelling Training exercise is to specifically train tankers crews and receivers to participate into multinational and complex air operations. It is also organised in combination with the Dutch Frisian Flag fighter exercise which is held at the Leeuwarden Air Base. On April 20th, 2016, journalists and photographers got the chance to visit the Eindhoven Air Base during EART 2016. I was also invited by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) to attend this media event. In the morning we had a briefing about the EATC and EART 2016 exercises and afterwards we visited three tanker aircraft who were stationed at the Eindhoven Air Base. These aircraft were a Dutch KDC-10 (Royal Netherlands Air Force), a German Airbus A310 MRTT (Luftwaffe) and a French Boeing C-135FR (French Air Force).
In the afternoon I also got the chance to participate in an air-refueling mission on-board a Dutch KDC-10 tanker airplane. For the occasion, the Dutch KDC-10 tanker was called "Texaco31". During this mission we flew over the Frisian Islands where several F-16 fighter jets from Poland, Belgium and The Netherlands joined us for their refueling training. During this refueling, in three to four minutes the F-16's were provided with 1 400 kg of fuel. After an unforgettable flight we landed again at the Eindhoven Air Base. I would like to thank the European Air Transport Command (EATC) and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) for this amazing experience!
Text & photos: Kris Christiaens
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