by Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
5/1/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill -- As
Air Mobility Command fields the KC-46A, displaced KC-135 simulators are
being designated for relocation to improve efficiency and effectiveness
across the Total Force mobility enterprise by maximizing flying hour
cost avoidance through improved simulator access. AMC previously
announced a flight simulator would be moved from McConnell Air Force
Base, Kan., to the formal training unit at Altus AFB, Okla.
The next KC-135 simulator now identified for relocation is an
operational flight trainer simulator slated to transfer from Pease Air
National Guard Base, N.H., to Pittsburgh ANGB, Pa., in March 2016.
Last year AMC and the Air National Guard worked together to identify a
total of four KC-135 pilot flight simulators to eventually be relocated
as a result of KC-46A allocations to McConnell AFB and Pease ANGB.
The KC-46A Pegasus is the first of a three-phase effort to replace the Air Force tanker fleet.
"Bringing the KC-46A online remains one of the Air Force's top three
acquisition priorities, and is a critical step in recapitalizing the
tanker fleet and maintaining our unrivaled global reach capabilities,"
said Maj. Gen. Michael S. Stough, Director of Strategic Plans,
Requirements and Programs at Headquarters Air Mobility Command.
"However, the KC-135 will remain the backbone of our tanker fleet during
this recapitalization process.
"As we work with our Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command
partners to select new locations of the KC-135 simulators, our goal is
to select the most efficient and effective locations to best support
Total Force training," said Stough.
AMC operates 19 KC-135 pilot flight simulators and nine Boom Operator
Weapons System Trainer at 13 regional sites worldwide to support 42