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RC-135 Training ‘Bottlenecks’ After Flooding Destroys Simulators

The recent flooding at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has slowed down mission crew training on the RC-135 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, leading the Air Force to send airmen as far away as the United Kingdom to train, according to a top general.

Gen. Mike Holmes, head of Air Combat Command, said Tuesday that the loss of the aircraft simulator complex at Offutt due to flooding has caused a “problem” for the RC-135 force.

“Fortunately, we’re able to take advantage of some allied capabilities, the [Royal Air Force’s] simulator capabilities,” Holmes told reporters during a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C. “We’re able to train on the airplane; it’ll have an impact, though, on our capacity to train.”

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