A Spanish Air Force EF-18A Hornet moves into position abaft an Air Combat Command KC-135R Stratotanker (not shown) of the 22nd Air Refueling Squadron during a NATO Operation Allied Force Combat Mission. The versatility of the KC-135 Stratotanker is acutely approved by its adeptness to acclimate bound to anniversary mission. This mission appropriate that the tanker attach a refueling drogue to the end of its refueling bang so that NATO aircraft adapted with a refueling delving could refuel.
The EF-18A Hornets carries AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtip rails, MK 82 500 batter Laser Guided Bombs in the average of the wings and 350 gallon underwing bead tanks to extend mission range. The KC-135R is assigned to the 366th Air Expeditionary Wing / 22nd Air Refueling Squadron and is deployed to Royal Air Force Fairford to abutment NATO Operation Allied Force. The EF-18A Hornet is assigned to Ala 12, or 12 Squadron, at Torrejon Air Abject Spain but is aerial mission from its deployed abject of Aviano Air Base, Italy.