PART 3: Heavy Metal
Activity from Offutt’s 55th Wing’s (OF) detachment were 14849 RC-135U ‘Combat Sent’ (P18) (in April this aircraft was subjected to a reckless intercept by a Russian SU-27 while on a routine mission in international airspace over the Sea of Okhotsk-BBC report), 14845 RC-135W ‘Rivet Joint’ (P19), and 24128 RC-135S ‘Cobra Ball’ (P20/P21), (P22 black starboard wing and engine cowls visible). Additional sortie was 23582 WC-135C ‘Constant
Phoenix’ (P23), which has been active ready
to monitor (reportedly imminent) nuclear test. (P24) Close up of special purpose sampling equipment on WC-135C. North Korea
J-Stars E-8 94-0285 (GA) was dormant all week but resident 961AACS E-3 80577 (P25/P26) did venture out
Thanks to GAFLIKS for providing this report.