Dyess unveils new C-130J simulator, reduces training cost for base


ABILENE, Texas - Dyess Air Force Base welcomed their new C-130J simulator to the base Tuesday afternoon.

The 26-million-dollar simulator provides realistic training for the air crews and gives them the ability to train seven days a week and up to 20 hours a day, despite weather conditions.

The biggest factor is that it saves a lot of money for the base, up to three million dollars in fuel alone.

"It's under 1,000 dollars that we spend per hour in our simulator," Major William Soto of 317th Airlift Group said. "For our actual aircraft it's close to over 2,000 dollars so more than half the cost is saved by flying our simulator versus our actual aircraft."