Air Force

November 14, 2013

Aircraft washing: not your average bubble bath

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller)
Senior Airman Brad Pippin, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft maintainer, washes an F-16 Fighting Falcon, Oct. 28, 2013, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Pippin washed the aircraft to meet mission readiness requirements

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE S.C. — After many hours in the sky, the 20th Fighter Wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons get dirty. Whether from afterburner exhaust or smashed insects, the jets need to be washed.

Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here get the sudsy job of washing aircraft, scrubbing down the jets at the wash-rack.

“No later than every 180 days each jet has to be washed,” said Tech. Sgt. Walter Smith, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control NCO in charge.

Without regular washing, dirt, grime and exhaust cause corrosion to the jet’s protective paint.

“The jet comes in, it’s checked…we tape everything up, make sure it’s good to go, and then we wash it,” said Airman 1st Class Courtney Swain, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons apprentice. “The longest part is the taping.”

Once everything is taped off, the aircraft is washed from top to bottom, including the landing gear and the wheels.

“When they’re done washing they rinse off all the soap and they determine if the jet is clean enough,” Smith said. “Then they start removing all the tape, and when their doing that, they call us out and we come and do a paint score.”

Following each aircraft’s wash, a corrosion paint score inspection is completed in order to assess any corrosion.

“There are 10 sections of the aircraft that are assessed and scored from zero to five, five being the worst,” Smith said. “Also there is one section that is assessed one point for every year that has passed since the last full paint date. In all there are 11 sections that contribute to a paint score to determine the overall health of the aircraft coating system.”

During the paint score, Airmen who wash the jet put all of the materials used for the wash back into two large lockers.

“Those are my materials and I am responsible for them,” Smith said. “I have to make sure that they’re serviceable to keep using, or if I need to replace anything. That way next time they come in to wash a jet, everything is serviceable and there won’t be any problems.”

After everything has been done, the paint score determines what happens to the jet next.

“If the jet receives a good score and doesn’t need any attention from us,” said Smith, “it just goes back out onto the flightline to resume the mission.”




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


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Micaiah Anthony)

AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In April 2015, the Air Force will begin conducting the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to women. When the law prohibiting women in ground co...
 
 

Enlisted members selected for promotion to get EPR on “select” grade closeout date

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — In line with a recent update to the Air Force policy on enlisted performance report static closeout dates (SCOD), effective immediately, all future EPRs for promotion-selectees will close out on the date of the promotion-select grade. At the direction of Headquarters Air Force, Airmen promoted to technical sergeant...
 
 
(Courtesy Photo)

Western Hemisphere cooperation highlights SICOFAA’s 54th Anniversary

Members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) gathered to commemorate another year of success for the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces, with a 54th birthday celebration April 16th. SICOFAA began as a meetin...
 

 

48th RQS Trains for the Real Deal

Pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron prepare to retrieve a simulated patient during a mass casualty exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, April 14. For this exercise, several D-M Airmen volunteered to play victims. This element added realism to the training, allowing the pararescuemen to work through the stress that each mission can bring....
 
 

SNCOs: Contact AFPC to see if Course 14 completion is noted in records

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Senior NCOs recently notified by the Air University Barnes Center for Enlisted Education that their Senior NCO Academy Distance Learning Course 14 Version 6 “failed” exam scores have been corrected may want to review their records to ensure updates are complete. In late 2013, Air Education and Training...
 
 

Draft Supplemental EA open for public review and comment

The 355th Fighter Wing released the 563rd Rescue Group Personnel Recovery Supplemental Environmental Assessment today for public review and comment. A 30-day comment period follows the release of the document. The comment period will end Monday, May 4, 2015. The draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) evaluates the...
 




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