Flying with the legendary Bloody Hundredth Onboard ‘Miss Conduct’
Reheat Aviation has been very privileged to join the 100th ARW on four of its NATO refuelling training sorties. The first flight came on the morning of May 24th 2013, Reheat Aviation were to meet with a member of the 100th ARW public affairs at the visitors centre before making our way over to the 100th ARW ops building. On arrival to the Ops building you are greeted with the tanker communities motto ‘NKAWTG’ (Nobody Kicks Ass Without Tanker Gas) we then made our way to the crew room where we met our crew for the day Pilot and Aircraft Commander for this mission Capt.Gillet, Co-pilot 1LT Holien and Boom Operator Msgt Rodriguez after going through the briefing we made our way out to Qid67 62-3499 ‘Miss Conduct’ a KC-135R MPRS this KC-135R was named after a B-17G 43-38525 90-BO that flew with the 418th BS/100th BG .
After pre-flight checks had been completed we started engines and taxied out to runway 29 and being the first aircraft to use the new taxiway Echo. This training air to air refuelling mission would take place over Norway where we would refuel nine F-18C Hornets callsign ‘Bison Flight’ from the Finnish Air Force, using the MPRS (Multi point Refuelling System).
As well as the F-18’s we refuelled six F-16C’s from the Norwegian Air Force call sign ‘Knight’, some of the F-16’s where armed with live AMRAAM AIM-120 missiles, which were positioned on both wings of the jets, this would indicate that these aircraft may have been on Northern watch although this was never explained, these aircraft would be using the more common method of refuelling using the boom on the rear of the aircraft.
Our final receivers for the flight was a flight of four JAS 39 Gripen’s that again used the MPRS (Multi Point Refuelling System) pods, which are located on the tankers wings otherwise known as Mippers. We were scheduled to offload around about 65K of fuel overall to our receivers which was successfully done.