Air Force’s ‘Fightin’ 55th’ retires longtime ‘nuclear sniffer’ plane in Nebraska

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The Air Force’s “Fightin’ 55th” retired one of its longtime jets Wednesday in Nebraska.The retirement of tail number 2667 marks the end of an old fleet, which has proved to be critically successful for the past 60 years.As part of the WC-135 fleet, both of these jets serve as “nuclear sniffing” planes. “Tail 667 and the WC-135 program were instrumental in assessing the air in the atmosphere after the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster and Chernobyl in the mid-80s,” said Derek Rachel, commander of the 55th operations group.As for the replacements, tail number 4836 will be the first of three new jets that will arrive in the next year and a half.Watch the video above to see the plane.

The Air Force’s “Fightin’ 55th” retired one of its longtime jets Wednesday in Nebraska.

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The retirement of tail number 2667 marks the end of an old fleet, which has proved to be critically successful for the past 60 years.

As part of the WC-135 fleet, both of these jets serve as “nuclear sniffing” planes.

“Tail 667 and the WC-135 program were instrumental in assessing the air in the atmosphere after the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster and Chernobyl in the mid-80s,” said Derek Rachel, commander of the 55th operations group.

As for the replacements, tail number 4836 will be the first of three new jets that will arrive in the next year and a half.

Watch the video above to see the plane.

Contributed by local news sources

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