Army’s Air Force jets stage in-flight refueling

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) – Iranian Army’s Air Force fighters successfully conducted a low-altitude air refueling mission over the Persian Gulf waters on Wednesday, during the 9th edition of Iran Air Show.

On the third day of the exhibition, which is underway on Kish Island, air force fighters carried out an air refueling mission using two F-14 Tomcat fighters, three F-4 warplanes and a Boeing 707 military tanker.

The Boeing 707 -- a mid-sized, long-range, narrow-body, four-engine jet airliner -- is used to meet the fueling demands of air force’s jet fleet during operations.

Iran has frequently staged its capability in air-to-air refilling of its fighter jets in different drills and other occasions. In 2009, the Iranian fighter jets conducted aerial refueling operations in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman during military drills.

The 9th Iran Air Show started on Monday (Nov. 26) and will continue through Thursday. Some 105 Iranian and 10 foreign companies are participating in the four-day event. On the two first days of the exhibition, fighter jets carried out aerobatic demonstrations in the presence of Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Deputy Commander of Army's Air Force Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi and a number of senior military figures.

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