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Aerial refuelling over Lipetsk
Kirill Mushak / AviMedia
Flight squadrons of the Lipetsk Aviation Center (4 ЦБПиПЛС) and the "Russian Knights " aerobatic demonstration team have performed a difficult part of flight training — an aerial refuelling exercise. These flights were conducted by Sukhoi Su-24 bombers, Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft and by Su-30SM and Su-35S multirole fighter jets.

Aerial refuelling took place at the height of 5000m. (15000 ft.) and at a speed of nearly 550 km/h. The distance between the jets and the Il-78 tanker aircraft was about 20m. Avimedia reporter Kirill Mushak took photographs of the exercise from the rear refuelling operator cockpit.

Exercises such as this one are an essential part of flight training for military pilots. They allow to expand the range of action for Russian Air and Space Force aviation and perform tasks far away from home bases.
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Article: Andrey Zharkov
Photography: Kirill Mushak
4/07/19


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