Holloman AFB puts crews and aircraft to the test during 'Surge Week'

49th Aircraft Maintenance squadron Airmen attach an engine cover panel onto an MQ-9 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 4, 2017. Holloman AFB conducted surge operations from May 1 to May 5, ramping up operations to accurately measure the full capability of its Airmen and equipment. PHOTO COURTESY: Senior Airman Chase Cannon - Holloman Air Force Base

You don't know how far you can go until you push yourself to the limit.

Holloman Air Force Base found out just how much firepower it can put in the air during flight training surge week May 1-5, 2017.

"What we do here is not simple and it is not something you can do by yourself," said Lt. Col Tim Monroe.

During the five days, all three of Holloman's Remotely Piloted Aircraft Formal Training Units were put on the flight line at the same time. The goal of the surge was to measure the maximum amount of training they could conduct in the five day time period. Flight simulators were in use up to 18 hours per day while Remotely Piloted Aircraft flew between 10-12 hours per day.

"It takes a very fine-tuned sequence and schedule in order to execute launching those operations, conducting the training mission and then safely recovering airplanes so that we can do it all again the next day." said Monroe.

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