Dutch tanker cleared to refuel F-35A
Following the completion of testing, the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has received certification to refuel F-35As with its KDC-10 tanker.
The test campaign began at the end of March, with the KDC-10 refuelling Dutch F-35 aircraft during the day, at dusk and at night above the skies of Edwards Air Force Base, California. A total of 30,000lbs of fuel was pumped to the F-35A in total by RNLAF crews.
The certification, which was led by the 418th Flight Test Squadron of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, was a requirement to enable the RNLAF to transport their F-35s to the Netherlands this spring.
The Dutch KDC-10 is a tanker and transport aircraft which can rapidly deploy cargo and troops over long distances. In addition to refuelling F-35As, the tanker is certified to refuel NATO aircraft equipped with a boom system.
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