TACTS Pods

Tucked in tight with Camelot 106. This was no doubt on a cross-country transit to Fallon, hence the ferrying of the two orange TACTS (Tactical Air Combat Training System) pods. Also called ACMI for Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation, these are the devices that transmit aircraft data to a central land-based computer via data link through communication towers erected on a land-based or sea-based range.

From what I can tell, these sorts of instrumentation devices are like the Flinstone car these days with updated, 21st century equipment that uses GPS for location (vice tower triangulation) with better, more efficient data transfers and an engagement playback system that will run on any laptop computer vice only in the “TACTS Trailer.”

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