Russian Navy Su-24 Worked Refueling from Il-78 over Baltic Sea
The Baltic Fleet pilots from bomber squadron of Su-24M of the naval aviation performed flights with working air refueling over the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast.
“Air refueling was done by tanker aircraft Il-78 of the Russian Air Force. The operation was conducted both singly and in pair, when the air tanker filled simultaneously two aircraft. The flights were carried out in the light and in the dark,” the representative of the Baltic Fleet said.
Air refueling is one of the most difficult types of flight training. Pilots at a height of 2 to 5 thousand meters at a speed of 500-600 km/h approached the tanker at a distance of 10-15 meters, contacted using released barbell with the cone-sensor of the tanker and then kept this distance until full fuel transfer.