The 55th Wing's aging C-135 reconnaissance fleet remains a "safe and effective weapon system," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a letter Wednesday to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska.
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Persistent mechanical problems may plague the 55th Wing's half-century-old fleet of reconnaissance jets, but the Air Force is in no hurry to buy new ones. It plans to squeeze 30 more years out of the Offutt-based C-135s.
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A deep dive into Air Force documents shows a long string of close calls at the 55th Wing due to mechanical failures.
Older jets like Offutt's half-century-old RC-135s are notorious for leaks in the hydraulic systems. The hydraulic systems allow the movement of an aircraft's moving parts such as flaps, landing gear, ailerons and rudder. The RC-135s have two separate hydraulic systems, known as "left" and "r…
Maintenance records of the 55th Wing are filled with examples of electrical failures and circuit breakers being tripped.
Offutt flight crews spend dozens of hours a year practicing emergencies of all sorts — hydraulic failures, rudder deflections, landing-gear problems, engine shutdowns.
Despite periodic overhauls and “a lot of maintenance love,” the 55th Wing’s 29 planes average more than 80 emergencies and aborted flights per year. Some 55th Wing veterans fear for crews that take to the sky in the aged, overworked jets. Yet the Air Force plans to keep flying them for 30 more years.
Some recent examples of 55th Wing RC-135 aircraft that experienced repeated mechanical failures in a short period of time.
The idea for this World-Herald series on the safety of the 55th Wing C-135 reconnaissance fleet was sparked three years ago, when 27 crew members narrowly escaped a raging fire aboard an RC-135V Rivet Joint on the Offutt runway. The aircraft was salvaged, but the fire burned a hole near the …
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