Boeing announced Monday that it has connected the F-15E mission training center at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, to the Air Force’s distributed mission operations network, thereby enabling Mountain Home’s Strike Eagle pilots, for the first time, to be able to train virtually at home with pilots located around the world. “This new capability,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing’s vice president for training systems and services, ”provides realistic training at a fraction of the cost of live-fly training exercises, which require you to bring all of your personnel and aircraft together in one location.” Mountain Home is the first of three F-15E training centers that Boeing will link to the network this year. DMO installations are scheduled for completion this fall at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., and RAF Lakenheath, the company said.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.