The construction project for a KC-135 flight simulator is well underway at the 121st Air Refueling
Wing in Columbus, Ohio, as of March 4, 2018.
The $4 million project, including design and construction, began in November of 2017 and is
projected to be completed in June or July of this year.
“The project includes a 2,500 square foot high-bay, with a 50 foot-high clear area, to allow for
full motion of the simulator,” said Major Corey Thobe, 121st ARW Base Civil Engineer. “In
addition, there is another 3,400 square feet of support space.”
Thobe said the architect, engineer, contractors and sub-contractors all were local to the central
and southwestern Ohio regions, keeping the construction spending in the Ohio economy.
The flight simulator, projected to arrive in early 2019, will be paired with the existing refueling
boom simulator and will greatly increase the 121st ARW’s training capacity. Not only will the
121st aircrews be able to maintain their proficiency at home, but the simulators will attract
Airmen from all across the country to train in Columbus.