Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mali, Rafale pictures of the day

After 2 months of operation, French Air Force Rafale continue to support the Franco-African troops on the ground.
Most of the sorties consist in Close Air Support and recce missions over the Ifoghas mountains requiring several air refueling with allied tankers.
The set of pictures below,  dated march 17th, shows a US KC135 refueling a Rafale B loaded with GBU-12 bombs and a Damocles LDP. It's difficult to say for sure, but something might have gone wrong as the fighter refueling probe seems broken on the last shot, with fuel still leaking from the tip of the probe.

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