With budget cuts, Offutt's 55th Wing has become more creative, done more 'chair-flying'

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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.

These days, 55th Wing pilots like Armand and Anthony sometimes sit in the cockpits of their grounded aircraft and pretend to fly.

It's not as strange as it sounds. With their RC-135 jets parked, connected to power on the ground, the electronic warfare officers and intelligence operators who make up the bulk of the crew on Rivet Joint reconnaissance planes can practice just as well as they could in the air. The pilots and navigators can get their training later in one of Offutt Air Force Base's two busy RC-135 flight simulators.

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