Luftwaffe A310 MRTTs Complete 1,000 Flying Hours Over Syria And Iraq

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The Luftwaffe completed 1,000 flying hours Aug. 20 with Airbus A310 Multirole Tanker Transports (MRTTs) refueling coalition aircraft operating against the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The aerial tankers have flown 203 missions delivering nearly 4,000 tons of fuel since mid-December, the German Ministry of Defense announced Aug. 23.

The Luftwaffe has had an A310 MRTT based in Incirlik air base in eastern Turkey for the last eight months.

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on Aug 23, 2016

Quite the accomplishment for the A310 MRTT and The Luftwaffe.

on Aug 24, 2016

World's most capable tanker.....

dolomite (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2016

Nicely done, only if the US air force knew....

on Aug 24, 2016

Great photo.. I used to see these parked on the north cargo ramp at Dulles in 2010. A very capable cargo/tanker/transport aircraft.

on Aug 25, 2016

Did you notice, the Luftwaffe did that using just one of the four A310 MRTT's they've got. Not sure what' a normal utilization rate for military tankers, but this sounds like quite mature operations.

on Aug 25, 2016

Tanker is just one letter out of MRTT so the utilization rate for the 5 Luftwaffe A310 is higher than for just a tanker aircraft like the KC-135 (no the KC-135 is not a real cargo aircraft). How many US politicians do use a KC-135 on a regular base? The KC-135 has even a smaller fuselage diameter than a 737!
The A310 can use LD3 containers.

The first A310 MRTT were introduced into service in 1999 and built out of converted civil aircraft. Maybe replaced by 3 A330 MRTT in a pol of then in total seven aircraft for the Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Norway and Germany.

on Aug 25, 2016

I think there was some rotation involved but the mission has been conducted by one of the four MRTTs at a time.

on Aug 25, 2016

I remember going aboard an early production A310 in May 1983 at Le Bourget...an impressive aeroplane for a brand new airline pilot (F27 FO) at the Paris Airshow. She had conventional control columns!

on Aug 25, 2016

And if Boeing didn't cry like a spoiled bitch and the DOD upheld Northrop Grumman winning the tanker bid then the USAF would have about 15 N.G. airbus tankers flying by now.

on Aug 25, 2016

Well, now I can't complain anymore about Germany NOT doing their part in the fight against ISIS. However, for some unknown reason it appears our media in the USA keeps such things under wraps, or at least feels it is not important enough to let the general public know. Listening to our TV and Radio news, it sounds like the USA is the only one fighting extremism or ISIS terrorism in the world!!!

on Aug 25, 2016

Luftwaffe's Tornado Recce are also operating over Syria for quite a while. They can deliver targets online.

dolomite (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2016

The reason is bias, it would not be fair to our leader who got al-Qaida on the run, all by himself.

on Aug 25, 2016

Dolomite!!
Now that is amazing. I might just frame the previous three comments. The last one, yours, being the Coup De Grace !

dolomite (not verified)
on Aug 27, 2016

Casey my friend, you are adapting Mark's tactics, he went Latin on me you are going french. You can't handle the truth.

on Sep 7, 2016

The A310 MRTT may be able to load LD3 containers, but it doesn't have a boom, which really makes it less than half the tanker that the KC-135 is. The A310 MRTT is an appropriate airframe for a country with a smaller air force of mostly tactical aircraft. Of course the Luftwaffe doesn't have strategic bombers or cargo planes to refuel in the air, so the slower feed of hose and drogue systems doesn't matter to them as much as it does to the US Air Force. And the US Air Force doesn't need MRTT since it can call on fleets of C-5s, C-17s and C-141s for its cargo hauling capabilities.

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