Open Skies Jets Headed for Boneyard

The Air Force is going forward with plans to mothball two aging, trouble-prone 55th Wing jets used for flying aerial photography missions over Russia as part of the international Open Skies Treaty. The move amplifies doubts about the future of the 34-nation pact.

The OC-135B aircraft, which are nearly 60 years old, are based at Offutt Air Force Base and will be flown to Arizona in May or June for storage in the desert “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, said Rep. Don Bacon, a retired brigadier general who once commanded the 55th Wing.

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