KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE ― Leaders from the 58th Special Operations Wing at Air Force Base will join leaders from the community to break ground at 1 p.m., May 14 on the new HH-60W simulator facility.
The HH-60W is the new combat rescue helicopter for the Air Force. Dubbed “the Whiskey” due to its W model name designation, the aircraft is expected to be delivered to the 58th by March of 2020. However, aircrew members will begin simulator training soon after the facility’s completion in June, 2019.
The wing currently trains aircrew, maintenance and support troops for special operations and combat rescue in four types of fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tilt-rotor aircraft. These include the HH-60G PAVE Hawk, which the Whiskey is slated to replace.
The military construction project has a $14.8 million price tag, which ultimately includes a three-bay simulator facility. Two HH-60W simulators will be accompanied in the facility by an eventual replacement for the UH-1N Huey Helicopter, expected to be selected later this year.
For more information, contact the Kirtland Public Affairs Office at 505.846.5991 or email 377ABW.PA@us.af.mil.