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June 26, 2019

AFRL and partners reclaim obsolete aircraft parts using advanced manufacturing technology

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base website — The average age of Air Force aircraft is over 28 years according to Assessment of Military Power, 2018. This creates a constant requirement for components needing repair or replacement. Parts can be difficult to acquire when original suppliers are no longer in existence and new suppliers have no desire to produce low volume quantities.

June 6, 2019

S.C. Air maintainers overcome harsh conditions in Sweden

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the National Guard website — After years of perfecting how to operate in overseas desert environments, the Swamp Foxes from the South Carolina Air National Guard flipped the script by deploying to northern Sweden for Arctic Challenge Exercise 19. Unpredictable weather, the remote location and unexpected major maintenance difficulties provided Swamp Fox maintainers plenty of problems to work through during their three-week TDY in support of the Nordic exercise.

June 6, 2019

Astral Knight 2019: Maintainers sharpen F-35A

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa website — Deployed maintainers of the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to contribute to exercise Astral Knight 2019 on the flightline of Aviano Air Base, Italy.

May 13, 2019

Bolt inspection tool wins Team Mildenhall innovation award

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the Royal Air Force Mildenhall website — Tech. Sgt. Steven Iziguerra, 100th Maintenance Squadron NCO-in-charge of the Non-Destructive Inspections Section, won the Team Mildenhall Innovation of the Quarter Award for the first quarter of 2019. As part of the NDI team, Iziguerra and his Airmen inspect aircraft parts to ensure they are anatomically sound, free of cracks and defects.

March 13, 2019

3rd Wing Transfers C-17 Aircraft Supply to 176th

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command website — Eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, are quickly approaching the second anniversary of their assignment from the 3rd Wing to the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard.

Dec. 19, 2018

MX, CES Airmen perform first of its kind repair in AOR

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing website — Airmen of the 8th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron teamed up to replace a C-17 Globemaster III’s pitch trim actuator Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, here.

Dec. 14, 2018

The American Chopper of Aircraft Maintenance

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing website — The 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight, also known as “Fab Flight” or the “American Chopper” of aircraft maintenance at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, is in charge of identifying and repairing aircraft structural damage. They fix whatever can be broken, from a metal panel off the side of a KC-10 Extender to a tiny cracked screw the size of a fingernail.

Nov. 5, 2018

Partnership improving parts supplies for mechanics

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the Robins Air Force Base website — A parts supply concept is improving support for maintainers at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, and members of the partnership executing the initiative credit the success to their relationship with each other – with an added boost from automation.

Oct. 4, 2018

Aerospace Ground Equipment vital to sustaining the 12th Flying Training Wing as the ‘Source of America’s Airpower’

Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the Joint Base San Antonio website — Soon after arriving to a new aircraft maintenance squadron, fresh technical training graduates are tasked with the most important direction of their young careers. ‘We need to go to work, so go grab the keys to the airplane.’ Some time later, an exasperated Airman returns to a shop rolling with laughter, waiting to let them in on one of oldest jokes on the flight line.

Oct. 3, 2018

DLA Aviation Support to the Unsung Workhorse Aircraft

It could be argued that true military aviation took off in 1903 when Dayton, Ohio, natives Wilbur and Orville Wright launched the first self-propelled airplane off a hill in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.