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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

The hog-nosed RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, Rivet Joint, is a high-altitude version of the C-135, which is a militarized version of the Boeing 707.  
55th Wing

Home base: Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska

Destination: Persian Gulf region

Units: The 55th Wing includes eight squadrons of pilots, navigators, maintenance personnel, electronic warfare officers and other personnel.

Aircraft: RC-135 "Rivet Joint" reconnaissance aircraft

Duties: The 55th Wing is the only Air Force unit to fly the RC-135, which has an extensive antennae array to collect real time on-scene intelligence collection and the capability to analyze and disseminate that intelligence. According to the Air Force, the aircraft and its crew "provide vital real-time battle management information to mission planners, commanders and warfighters."

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