OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) —
Prior to the development of the new simulator, training for E-4B crews relied on a non-E-4B Boeing 747 trainer – located in Florida – or on the limited training sorties available due to the high operational requirement of the mission. . With a small fleet of aircraft, this simulator provides a strategic training advantage, enabling recurrent and refresher training while maintaining aircraft availability for operations.
“This simulator is the first of its kind and it is one of a kind,” said Major David Meyn, E-4B program Section Head. “It will provide a training capability that was previously unavailable and eliminate the need to remove E-4Bs from operations, increasing aircraft availability and reducing hours on aircraft.”
The E-4B fleet plays a key role in the strategy of the United States Department of Defense.
Commonly known as the “Doomsday” aircraft, the aircraft serves as the national airborne operations center and is a key component of the national military command system. In the event of a national emergency, including the destruction of the group’s command and control centers, the aircraft will provide a command, control and communications center to direct American forces and coordinate the actions of civil authorities.
The new simulator will improve crew training and ensure they are mission ready.
“With the E-4B simulator, aircrew now have a tremendous ability to master flight procedures and train for dangerous emergencies that cannot be performed on the aircraft” , Meyn said. “For example, multiple engine shutdown or practicing stall recovery would not be attempted on the plane, but can be done safely in the simulator.
The Simulator Division worked closely with the AFLCMC Presidential and Executive Directorate of Air Transport – responsible for recapitalizing and maintaining the E-4B fleet – to ensure the new simulator meets Air Force Global Strike Commandit’s training requirements. Management provided coordination of the new start, required approval and funding for the development effort, and E-4B technical expertise.
“It’s a great example of all parts, the use order, the acquisition order, and the small business entrepreneur, Cymstar, working together to get a much-needed capability delivered on time and on cost,” said Stefan Craw, Simulator Division Air Combat Branch Head.