U.S.

July 18, 2013

F-16s being regenerated into drones

Tags:
Teresa Pittman
309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)
Air Force civilians Robert Bliven and Andrew Bakios, 567th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron perform maintenance on the first QF-16 being regenerated at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group here July 9.

Less than three months after the last F-4 phantom II departed from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group for drone conversion, maintainers here are already turning the wrenches on Air Combat Command’s fourth generation of aerial targets, the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

With AMARG’s entire F-16 regeneration team gathered to document the event on July 1, Col. Robert Lepper, AMARG Commander, took the opportunity to congratulate workers for being ready and prepared to transition so quickly from the F-4 to the F-16.

“Each and every one of you is significantly contributing to the future success of our fifth generation fighters,” Colonel Lepper said. “By preparing and delivering these modern, more agile F-16s, they’re providing a more realistic training environment for our warfighters.”

The first aircraft officially inducted into the full-scale aerial target regeneration program here is the F-16C, serial no. 85-1455 it is also the first aircraft to occupy space in

“Hangar One” since process improvement and time-saving modifications were completed in the building.

Air Force civilians Lonnie Thomas and Andrew Bakios, 567th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron perform maintenance on one of six fuel tanks on the QF-16 at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group.

Anticipating the QF-16 program’s requirement for AMARG to regenerate and deliver 210 F-16s on time, the newly painted hangar floors will be marked and tailored for five of the smaller (maximum capacity) jets versus four of the 1960-era Phantoms. AMARG will have the capacity to produce 22 F-16s per year.

According to Rob McNichol, the F-16 regeneration program’s supervisor assigned to the 576th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron, the hangar’s added mezzanine is for the storage of parts that will be removed from the aircraft during maintenance.

“The aircraft will undergo an extensive maintenance program to ensure flight safety,” McNichol said. “Panels and avionic boxes will be removed, and the additional area off the maintenance floor will allow us to store the parts for quick and easy access.”

The F-16s destined for the drone program have been in storage from three to 12 years they will complete all time compliance technical orders required for test flights during maintenance activities.

It is slated to take approximately six months, or 180 calendar days, to produce an F-16 for delivery to Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla., where Boeing will install the QF-16 drone modification package.

Boeing was awarded the QF-16 full-scale aerial target engineering, manufacturing and development contract in 2010 and delivered their first QF-16 to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group for testing at Tyndall AFB, Fla., in November.

The F-16 regeneration program is anticipated to continue at AMARG through fiscal year 2021.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Chuck Aaron: Living Legend of Aviation

Chuck ‘Malibu’ Aaron is the first civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. He is also the first helicopter pilot to be presented with the Art Scholl Showmanship Award, an honor bestowed to recognize the world’s most outstanding air show performers. In 2011, Chuck was inducted to the prestigious...
 
 

Brain Waves to better parenting

Parents learn how to interact with their children on their level during Brain Waves training, here. The purpose of the course is to communicate the mechanics of early childhood development and is designed to help parents make the most of their child’s natural capacity to learn. “This program is targeted towards fathers and to get...
 
 

BAH recertification

The call to have all members recertify their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) “with dependent” rate is a Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) mandate in order to establish a method of complying with the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization for document retention. Members who receive “with dependent” rate include those who are married to...
 

 

Transportation official urges planning before PCS moves

WASHINGTON – With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview. Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, personal property program director for U.S. Transportation Command’s Military Surface...
 
 
(Courtesy Photo)

A new sheriff in town

Former high school teacher and current Air Guard member Master Sgt. Wendell Jones, a Weapons Safety NCO, recently graduated from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Academy Jan. 24. As one of the newer deputies in Pima Count...
 
 

LEAP spring application window delayed

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The spring 2014 Language Enabled Airman Program application period has been delayed. The application window was scheduled to open in February. A new date to apply has not been set, and the spring application period may be cancelled, said program officials. LEAP administrators cited several factors in the decision to delay...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin