Bloody Hundredth supports Tartan Flag

U.S Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew tour a Royal Air Force A330 Voyager Nov. 1, 2017, on RAF Brize Norton, England. The 100th Air Refueling Wing provided aircrew and maintainers in support of Exercise Tartan Flag, Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew tour a Royal Air Force A330 Voyager Nov. 1, 2017, on RAF Brize Norton, England. The 100th Air Refueling Wing provided aircrew and maintainers in support of Exercise Tartan Flag, Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker changes lead formation Nov. 1, 2017, during a training mission for Tartan Flag, a Royal Air Force exercise in preparation for Red Flag 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing provided aircrew and maintainers in support of Tartan Flag Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker changes lead formation Nov. 1, 2017, during a training mission for Tartan Flag, a Royal Air Force exercise in preparation for Red Flag 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing provided aircrew and maintainers in support of Tartan Flag Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 receives fuel from an RAF A330 Voyager Nov. 1, 2017, off the east coast of Scotland. A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker simultaneously provided aerial fueling during the mission in support of Tartan Flag, an RAF exercise in preparation for Red Flag 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 receives fuel from an RAF A330 Voyager Nov. 1, 2017, off the east coast of Scotland. A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker simultaneously provided aerial fueling during the mission in support of Tartan Flag, an RAF exercise in preparation for Red Flag 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew, assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England, and Royal Air Force A330 Voyager aircrew stand in front of an RAF Voyager Nov. 1, 2017, on the flight line at RAF Brize Norton, England. The NATO allies executed the first KC-135 and RAF Voyager cell aerial refueling when two RAF Tornado GR4s received fuel off the east coast of Scotland. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew, assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England, and Royal Air Force A330 Voyager aircrew stand in front of an RAF Voyager Nov. 1, 2017, on the flight line at RAF Brize Norton, England. The NATO allies executed the first KC-135 and RAF Voyager cell aerial refueling when two RAF Tornado GR4s received fuel off the east coast of Scotland. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

RAF MILDENHALL, England – The 100th Air Refueling Wing provided aircrew and maintenance personnel Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2017, while forward-located at RAF Brize Norton, England in support of Exercise Tartan Flag.

Tartan Flag is a Royal Air Force exercise focused on deployed mission skills, in preparation for Red Flag 2018 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew, assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron, partnered with RAF A330 Voyager aircrew, assigned to the Number 10 and Number 101 Squadron, to execute mission planning, cell departure and recoveries, formation aerial refueling and area maneuvers.

Successful mission execution resulted in the first U.S. Air Force KC-135 and RAF Voyager cell aerial refueling, Nov. 1, when two RAF Tornado GR4s received fuel off the east coast of Scotland.

“Cell formation allows two tankers to fly closer together than they normally would during operations,” explained Flight Lieutenant Jase Orr, Voyager air-to-air refueling instructor. “This allows us to operate more tankers in a smaller air space – it’s a tactical development that we are trying at Brize Norton this week.”

Orr said the main objectives of the joint exercise are to develop Voyager force capabilities and to advance operations in conjunction with foreign militaries.

The 100th ARW plans to continue support of Tartan Flag from home station Nov. 6 to 8.