KALININGRAD, December 24 — RIA Novosti. Pilots Bomber Squadron of the Western Military District Air Base (WEST) after 18-year hiatus, the flights from refueling in the air, told RIA Novosti Head of Information Providing the press service of cooling zone of the Baltic Fleet Vladimir Matveev
"During the flight over the Kaliningrad region about 15 crews bombers Su-24M carried out aerial refueling tanker aircraft from IL-78. Seven crews on the exercise for the first time. Flights were both bright and in the dark. Performed as single items , and as part of a pair, when the tanker ran the two aircraft at the same time ", — Matveyev said.
He noted that such flights are one of the most difficult types of flight training.
"The pilot at a height of 2 to 5,000 meters at a speed of 500-600 km / h is close to an air tanker at a distance of 10-15 meters, released barbell" zakontaktiruetsya "cone transducer with a tanker, and then withstand a given distance from a complete transfer of fuel. At night refueling complicated by the fact that is performed using additional lighting installed as IL-78, and the plane refueled. Starting this year, similar elements of flight training of personnel will be carried out on a regular basis, "- said the source.