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European Air Refuelling Training (EART) exercise
Latest update: February 2020
The European Air Refuelling Training (EART) is an exercise organized by the EATC. Its first edition was held in 2014 at Eindhoven Air Base. Although its planned to use the EART concept with other exercises in Europe so far only one exercise per year was organized which have all been held at Eindhoven AB and run simultaneously with the RNLAF fighter exercise Frisian Flag held at Leeuwarden Air Base. The exercise runs two weeks in March and/or April depending on Easter.

The exercise provides both the EART and Frisian Flag participants of AAR and enables the EART crews to complete their own training objectives.

Country Aircraft 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
France C-135FR Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Germany A310MRTT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Italy KC-767A No Canc. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands KDC-10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
United Kingdom Voyager KC.2  Yes No No No No No
United States KC-135R Yes Yes No No No No


The EART exercise will not be held at Eindhoven Air Base in 2020. In October EART will be organized in Spain from October 17 until October 30.

The EART will not be organized at Eindhoven (and run simultaneously with Frisian Flag at Leeuwarden) in 2020. An exercise is (still) being worked on and might be held in Spain during the second half of 2020.


Prior to the exercise the Italian Air Force cancelled its participation. The French Air Force C-135FR flew the first mission of EART 2018 and then departed back home. Two days later also the USAFE KC-135R left without any mission flown. Both were re-tasked to operational missions.


The Italian Air Force only participated for one week.
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EART 2019 EART 2018 EART 2017
EART 2016 EART 2015 EART 2014