USAF 97th Air Mobility Wing Conducts Large Formation Exercise at Altus AFB

The U.S. Air Force’s 97th Air Mobility Wing (97 AMW) conducted a large formation exercise at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma on May 21.

During the exercise, a total of ten KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft, ten C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifters and four KC-46 Pegasus refueling aircraft took off from the base. The exercise was conducted to simulate a mass evacuation of aircraft in the case of an emergency such as severe weather.

Altus AFB Large Formation Exercise
200521-F-QX786-0093 U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, C-17 Globemaster IIIs and KC-46 Pegasus aircraft line up for an elephant walk at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during a large formation exercise, May 21, 2020. During the exercise, 24 aircraft were spun up by the 97th Maintenance Group and were all launched at the same time. (U.S Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kenneth W. Norman)

“The execution of this exercise took coordination from many units around the base and required a full team effort”, according to a USAF 97th Air Mobility Wing statement.

The 97 AMW, the host wing at Altus AFB, is a USAF unit assigned to the Nineteenth Air Force of Air Education and Training Command (AETC).

The wing plans and executes C-17 Globemaster III, KC-46 Pegasus, and KC-135 Stratotanker pilot and aircrew training, providing formal school initial and advanced specialty training programs for up to 3,000 students annually. The 97th Air Mobility Wing took delivery of their first KC-46 on 3 February 2019.

Today the 97th Air Mobility Wing consists of the following major units: 97th Operations Group, 97th Mission Support Group, 97th Maintenance Group, and 97th Medical Group.

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