Installation of the KC-46 aircraft’s simulator is almost complete at Pease Air National Guard Base.
Contractors have installed the simulator’s weapons system trainer and boom operator trainer; it will undergo testing from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, the 157th Air Refueling Wing said Thursday.
Airmen may begin using the trainers in Jan. 16, 2019 in preparation for the first KC-46A aircraft’s scheduled arrival in August 2019.
Meanwhile, the fuselage trainer component is almost complete and is scheduled to be ready for use Dec. 5.
Capt. Leon Rice, instructor pilot at the 157th ARW, said that the simulator replicates flight conditions and malfunctions to train crews in handling emergency situations and austere weather.