U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama have asked the U.S. Air Force to station RC-12 aircraft in Springfield as part of a new flying mission for the 183rd Tactical Fighter Wing.Geez, what a bow-wow. Might want to see a dermatologist about that.
The Springfield base lost its last F-16 Sept. 23. Assigning the RC-12 to Springfield would allow the base to continue in a flying mission. The Air Force is planning to acquire a number of RC-12 aircraft to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts, but it has not specified where the aircraft would be based.
The RC-12 is a twin-engine, turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft that can also be used for medical evacuations. The aircraft also has a camera, which could send live video to military commanders.
Look, we just went through a rough breakup. Let's not hook up with any ol' rebound plane. Every time we see an RC-12 fly over we are still going to think of our prettier and cooler ex and that's not fair to anybody.