Boeing Delivers C-17 Training Center to Stewart Air National Guard BaseAug 22nd, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
Boeing has delivered a training center for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base, enabling the wing to cut costs by training pilots and loadmasters onsite.
“The high-fidelity, full-motion simulator combined with the complete training center enables our aircrews to train in a highly effective environment,” said 105th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Timothy J. LaBarge. “In addition, training on site enables us to maintain readiness without the time and costs associated with traveling to other training locations.”
The delivery is part of a $44 million contract awarded in December 2010 to deliver C-17 Weapon System Trainers (WSTs) to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., and Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y. In December 2011, the Air Force exercised a $29 million option for additional C-17 WST deliveries for Air National Guard bases in Memphis, Tenn., and Martinsburg, W.V., scheduled for completion in 2014. Boeing has delivered three of these WSTs so far, and a total of 24 WSTs to the U.S. Air Force since 1992.
The Stewart Air National Guard facility includes a C-17 WST, a training management system, computer-based training devices, a core integrated processor task trainer, and portable flight-planning devices. The new WST can be networked with other U.S. Air Force WST devices around the world for distributed mission training.
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