Mercury is a "TACAMO" aircraft. Standing for "TAke Charge And Move Out". The majority are based here at Tinker AFB in OKC
. Some are at Pax River, and a few other spots. They fly long duration sorties and drag various VLF antennas out the back, usually several miles long, to communicate with submarines that can launch nuclear weapons. The B model (with the hump on the fuselage) took over the EC
-135 Looking Glass role as well.
On the E-3 and E-6 we fly transition training at various bases and airports all over the USA. Mainly the Mid-West. DSM
used to be one of those more commonly used civ airports though not as much in the last few months.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Texas-It's bigger than France