AMC Repositioning KC-135 Simulators

Air Mobility Command is repositioning several if its KC-135 simulators to improve access to them across the Total Force. These moves come as the Air Force is preparing to bed down the new KC-46A tanker. Among the changes, AMC is relocating one of the four KC-135 simulators at McConnell AFB, Kan., to Altus AFB, Okla., according to a May 1 release. This will create room at McConnell for the arrival of KC-46 simulators at a later date, states the release. McConnell is the Active Duty’s first main operating base for the KC-46. AMC also intends to shift a KC-135 operational flight trainer simulator from Pease ANGB, N.H., to Pittsburgh ANGB, Pa., in March 2016, states a second release. Pease is the Air National Guard’s first KC-46 MOB. Although the standup of the KC-46A fleet is a priority, the KC-135 remains the “backbone of our tanker fleet during this recapitalization process,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Stough, AMC’s director of strategic plans, requirements, and programs. AMC has 19 KC-135 pilot flight simulators and nine boom operator trainers at various locations, said officials.