Tag: Offutt Air Force Base

Boeing is close to shut down KC-46A assembly line due to tools and debris found inside completed aircraft
Last month Offutt AFB evacuated eight RC-135 Rivet Joints and one E-4B Doomsday plane after the base and the surrounding areas affected by flood waters. McConnell Air Force Base officials ordered the evacuation of 13 aircraft, including 3 KC-46A tankers, as a precaution due to the possibility of severe weather impacting the Wichita...
One-third of Offutt AFB Underwater, Eight RC-135 Rivet Joints and One E-4B Doomsday plane Evacuated
Four RC-135s remain parked on the other side of the flightline, which is elevated. Roughly 3,000 feet of Offutt AFB runway remains submerged. Like large portions of Nebraska, Offutt Air Force Base (AFB) personnel are battling flood waters which started to creep onto the installation Mar. 15. An...
USAF, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members join to complete historic RC-135 Rivet Joint training mission
"This flight was important as a proof of concept to show we can generate a crew and fly without undue burden on the active duty," Lt. Col. Jed Snarr, 49th Intelligence Squadron commander On Aug. 5, 2018, fourteen members of the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group’s 49th Intelligence Squadron (IS) joined with 11 members of the Nebraska Air National...
Three USAF RC-135S Cobra Ball spy planes were airborne when North Korea launched Hwasong-15 ICBM
“We can’t afford to lose a single RC-135S Cobra Ball. There aren’t going to be any more,” Robert Hopkins III, former 55th Wing pilot The Omaha World-Herald reports that one of the three RC-135S Cobra Ball spy planes were airborne last week during the time North Korea test-fired the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Actually even if the U.S. Air Force...
Four prototypes of the B-1A Mach 2.2 strategic bomber were developed and tested in the mid-1970s, but the program was canceled in 1977 before going into production The cool photo in this post shows B-1A tail number 76-0174 which actually is B-1A No.4. On Aug. 6, 1980 this aircraft completed an 11-hour sortie which at the time was the longest nonstop...
WC-135 Constant Phoenix flies in direct support of the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System, a global network of nuclear detection sensors that monitor underground, underwater, space-based or atmospheric events On Feb. 14, 2017 one of the Air Force’s most interesting aircraft visited Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) to give members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) a chance...
The landing gear was retracting into place. However, it continued to bounce around and would not lock. As told by Delanie Stafford, 55th Wing Public Affairs in the article Offutt teams with RAF 51 Squadron to fix Airseeker landing gear, the 55th Wing marked another historic milestone when a Royal Air Force (RAF) RC-135 ‘Airseeker’ aircraft diverted to Offutt Air...