The Republic of Korea is facing a lot of threats and is having a mission to safeguard 51 million people. The Osan’s aircraft have to be ready anytime.
The maintenance people of Phase Hangar inspect the two air crafts regularly.
- A-10 Thunderbolt IIs
- F-16 Fighting Falcons
This is done as a part of preventive maintenance to ensure mission safety and capability.
A very keen inspection is done to identify and repair the following flaws
- cracks in the structure and aircraft coating
- system malfunctions
- frayed wires
- broken hydraulic lines
- any foreign object debris found inside the jet
Anthony Heise ,51st Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft mechanic spoke about FOD which is the biggest part of the inspection. He added that even a small piece of FOD could be a huge problem to the jet if sucked into the engine.
Around seven to twelve people work on an aircraft inspection at once for a period of five to eight days.
Staff Sergeant Arron Nacey, aircraft structural maintainer said that it is his pride to do such a job. He is trained to cut out structural damage and restore the aircraft. He was overwhelmed by the fact that if that repair was not done, accidents would have occurred. He also takes privilege in saving many lives.
Within a year, Osan’s entire fleets will be inspected through Phase Hanger doors.
The Republic of Korea | Regular Aircraft Maintenance