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MiG-31 Pacific Fleet performed aerial refueling in conditions of a snow cyclone

Pilots of a separate mixed Pacific regiment fleetstationed in Kamchatka, continue to improve the training elements of the crews of fighter-interceptors MiG-31 for refueling in the air in difficult weather conditions, reports information support department Seaside region.

It is reported that "for the practical development of the elements of the air refueling from the tanker IL-78M the period of passage over the peninsula of the snow cyclone was used."

In order to carry out refueling in difficult weather conditions, the pilots had to lift the aircraft into the flat atmosphere, which reduced the effect of the snow cyclone on the combat vehicles. The MiG-31 pilots trained to make contact with the boom cone and keep the fighter at a given distance until it was fully filled,
says release.

The press service specified that “the testing of the tasks took place at an altitude of more than 8500 meters, about 10 sorties were completed and about 20 contacts were made with the tanker Il-78M Dalnaya aviation Russian Aerospace Forces. ”

Earlier, at the end of March, for the first time, the fighter pilots of the Pacific Fleet carried out a nonstop flight of more than 4 thousand kilometers to the Arctic regions with two refueling in the air.
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  1. faridg7
    faridg7 April 9 2018 13: 37
    Here I simply admire the professionalism of pilots and guys on the concrete. In such weather, you won’t drive a dog out into the street and you’ll try not to move anywhere (especially in transport), but here you have such flights. Well done!
    1. Reader 2013
      Reader 2013 April 9 2018 23: 19
      And a couple of months ago, I drove into the snowfall and frost at a gas station and refueled myself, a drop dead feat, my hands nearly froze.
      It’s their job to grind rubbish, passenger flights and then fly, and here the heroes
      1. faridg7
        faridg7 April 10 2018 12: 44
        Quote: Reader 2013
        It’s their job to grind rubbish, passenger flights and then fly, and here the heroes

        Passengers in such weather do not fly, and even more so do not perform such things (I would like to see a civilian side refueling in the air). And the preparation of the board for departure differs in the volume and type of work.
    2. t-4
      t-4 April 10 2018 01: 22
      Quote: faridg7
      In such weather, you won’t drive a dog out into the street and you’ll try not to move anywhere (especially in transport), but here you have such flights. Well done!

      In such weather, with us, and not only with us, millions of people work, serve, just go about their urgent business. And all well done.
      Only office metropolitan plankton is shocked by working in such conditions.
      1. faridg7
        faridg7 April 10 2018 12: 39
        You try to work on the concrete in such weather. When there is nowhere to hide from the cold and wind, when you need to take off your outer clothing in order to get to the unit, I don’t know by hearsay that I worked on concrete. Now I work in an aggregate, which cannot be compared with the conditions on the concrete, therefore I am delighted with their work, because there is nothing to compare.
  2. bober1982
    bober1982 April 9 2018 13: 45
    Take off and land in the conditions of a snow cyclone, judging by the photo, but did not refuel in any way. Well, they’ll write.
    1. askort154
      askort154 April 9 2018 13: 50
      ...... the pilots had to raise planes into discharged atmospheric layers, which reduced the effect of snow cyclone on combat vehicles.
      tongue fool

      Even Petrosyan will not spin like that.
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 April 9 2018 13: 53
        Quote: askort154
        Even Petrosyan will not say that.

        Yes, maybe he said so, but who knows?
    2. faridg7
      faridg7 April 9 2018 14: 33
      It's funny to you?
      The cyclone, under which refueling took place, even now has a size of about 1200 km. This means that its height can reach 12 km. The height at which the IL 78 can refuel does not exceed 9000m. So tell me that under the conditions of a cyclone, the guys only took off and landed.
      It’s interesting, when a pilot accidentally takes you over a cumulus cloud on a civilian plane, do you probably jump out of the ramp with relief after landing?
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 April 9 2018 14: 56
        I jump out of the tram with relief, but what can I say about the plane, all the more so since there are a lot of “push buttons” there.
        At high altitude, the wind is very strong, the cone will walk with a shaker, tortured to catch.
      2. NN52
        NN52 April 9 2018 15: 19

        Certainly the upper border of cloud cover for 6-7 km ... We broke through it and worked out refueling at 8,5 km.
        In snowfall, with such horizontal and vertical visibility, no one will allow refueling ...
        Regarding the cyclone, its vertical component must be looked at by weather maps, not the fact that its height is large.
        But cumulonimbus clouds can be up to 14-16 km .... And rarely anyone passes over them, mostly bypass the flare. Well, flying under them is prohibited.

        Well, the pilots are great !!! Either the SMU or the MIN of the weather fly. Maybe even someone will allow access to a minimum ...
  3. Turgon
    Turgon April 9 2018 14: 24
    Pilots train under the strategic aviation program, in the conditions of striking at enemy carrier groups. The order may come at any time of the year.
  4. san4es
    san4es April 9 2018 15: 35
    MiG-31 night refueling in the sky over Kamchatka
    The crews of the MiG-31 fighter-interceptors of naval aviation performed the first night refueling in the sky over Kamchatka. Refueling took place at an altitude of 7 meters at a speed of about 000 kilometers per hour. Fighter pilots completed 500 sorties and made more than 10 contacts with a refueling aircraft. Refueling was carried out from IL-15M Long-Range Aviation aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
    “When refueling aircraft at night, it is much more difficult for pilots to find the rod of an air tanker and dock with its cone in poor visibility, as well as to pilot in the absence of visible landmarks,” the press service of the Pacific Fleet explained. soldier
    4 Apr 2018