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2 AAR flights for the TLP 02-2

On Tuesday April 30th 2002, Boeing 707T/T (MM62148, coded 14-01, 14 Stormo, 8 Gruppo, Practica di Mare) was planned for an Air-to-Air-Refeuling mission during the exercise TLP02-2. The tanker was based at Eindhoven Air Base for 5 days to fly 2 missions, on Tuesday and Thursday.

All photo's:
G.J.A. van Boven
© Sentry Aviation News

The flight of April 30th 2002

The take-off from Eindhoven took place from the civil platform, due to the closure of the military platform on April 30th. 5 aircraft were refuelled overhead southern Belgium.
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The flight of May 2nd 2002

On May 2nd, a team from Sentry Aviation News was onboard of the plane. While circling in the Rosy track above Germany, all TLP missions were cancelled due to the crash of an Italian F-104 at Leeuwarden. To burn fuel, 2 overshoots at Bremen airport were made.
The 3rd photo below shows 'the spottersplace' of Eindhoven airbase.
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Video report

In the near future, a short video report of this flight will be here.


Thanks to Italian Air Force:
  • Uffico Stampa: Gagliano,
  • 14 Stormo: Graffer, DiFiori, Samaria

Thanks to Eindhoven AFB:

  • PAO and basecommander Franken.
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