Nebraska Parliament Requests Explanation of Air Force on C-135 Air Condition

An RC-135V/W Rivet Joint sits on display outside the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility as the flagship aircraft of the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., March 16, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jeff Gates) – Member of Parliament in US state, Nebraska requested an explanation from the US Air Force on reports of mechanical failures and security issues of C-135 aircraft.

Reporting from Military, Tuesday (3/7/2018), the members of the Parliament that is Sens. Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer, along with Reps. Don Bacon, Adrian Smith and Jeff Fortenberry.

They sent an official letter to the Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson on the latest condition of the aircraft.

According to them, Many reports say 29 C-135 planes from the 5th wing have had disrupted flights, mechanical failure and some other problems since 2012.

Fleets in Offutt include RC-135V / W Rivet Joint, RC-135S Cobra Ball, and RC-135U Combat Sent surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft; WC-135 Constant Phoenix, also known as the “nuke sniffer” plane; Open Skies OC-135B observation aircraft; and the Joint Joint TC-135 trainer.

The MPs said the Safety, Security and eefctivity issues of the aircraft were an important focus.

The officials also asked Wilson to immediately check overall on the health and feasibility of the aircraft.