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MacDill AFB accepts aircraft in response to Offutt AFB flooding

Five RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft assigned to the 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, rest on the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft evacuated to MacDill due to rising floodwaters at Offutt, providing a safe location to bed down out of harm’s way. The RC-135s support a worldwide mission for theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.

Five RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft assigned to the 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, rest on the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft evacuated to MacDill due to rising floodwaters at Offutt, providing a safe location to bed down out of harm’s way. The RC-135s support a worldwide mission for theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Caleb Nunez)

Rivet Joint RC-135V/W

The RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft is the workhorse of the 55th Wing at Offutt AFB, Neb. The aircraft is used to support theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Five RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft assigned to the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, relocated here over the weekend due to rising floodwaters at Offutt.

The relocation to MacDill AFB ensures the aircraft remain out of harm’s way until they can safely return to their home station.

The RC-135s support theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.

Offutt is the training base for the 55th Wing’s 29 reconnaissance jets and four E-4B Nightwatch airborne command-and-control aircraft, and also hosts U.S. Strategic Command.

See the RC-135V/W Rivet Joint fact sheet here