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European Air Refuelling Training 2019
Published: April 2019
Participants European Air Refuelling Training 2019

The 2019 edition of the EART is scheduled to take place alongside the Frisian Flag exercise held at Leeuwarden from Aprril 1-12.

Participants are unknown at this moment. Four or five refuellers will normally participate based on the previous exercises. Five were scheduled in 2018 but Italy cancelled prior to the exercise while both France and the US withdrew their tanker for operational reasons leaving only the German and Netherlands air forces.

Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase:
France C-135FR 1 GRV 02.091 "Bretagne" Base Aérienne 125 Istres
Germany A310MRTT 1 BMVg Koln-Bonn
Netherlands KDC-10 1 334 squadron Eindhoven
United Kingdom Voyager KC.2 1 10 / 101 squadron RAF Brize Norton
United States KC-135R 1 351st ARS / 100th ARW RAF Mildenhall
Total   5


All participating countries as well as Italy will send mentors to advise the crews. Australia will send observers.
Photo gallery participants
French Air Force C-135FR. German Air Force A310MRTT Royal Air Force Voyager KC.2
  United States Air Force KC-135R  
EART April 5 (Friday)
German AF A310MRTT taxiing to runway 03 The RAF Voyager KC.2 on final runway 03 after completing the first mission. Followed by his German AF colleague.
The A310MRTT on finals.
The USAFE&AFA KC-135R ready to depart Eindhoven to fly the second mission of the day
After completing its refuelling mission it recovered at home base RAF Mildenhall. The Voyager (RAF) departs Eindhoven for its second flight of the day.  

EART AM mission: German Air Force A310MRTT and Royal Air Force Voyager KC.2
EART PM mission:  Royal Air Force Voyager KC.2 and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa KC-135R.

The French Air Force C-135FR (parked on the eastern apron) and the Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 (hangared?) didn't fly.