New facilities help ensure reliability of one of the military’s most-utilized aircraft.
Travis AFB is home to one of the military’s most flexible cargo aircraft, the C-17. Capable of tactical airlift, air drop and aeromedical evacuations, it’s known for its reliability, with a warranty that guarantees only 20 aircraft maintenance man-hours needed per flying hour and a 75% mission availability rate.
To help meet these demanding standards, FSB assisted the base personnel by serving as designer and A/E of Record for a new Flight Simulator, Squadron Operations Facility and a Parts Store, each with sustainable design and incorporated anti-terrorism/force protection features.
The Squadron Operations Facility houses space for all functional elements of a C-17 operational squadron for the Air Mobility Command, with conference rooms, classrooms and training areas, administrative offices, tool rooms and additional storage. The parts store also features administrative space and a conference room, along with a high-bay warehouse with waiting and staging areas, plus loading dock facilities and an additional engine storage area. The Flight Simulator, meanwhile, contains a simulator motion bay, plus a loadmaster station, computer and utility rooms, classrooms and offices. The latter also is designed to accommodate future expansion for an additional weapon system trainer and associated support equipment.