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May 30, 2014

310th AMU: Keeping the Tophats ‘Bad to the Bone’

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Senior Airman JASON COLBERT
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Anthony Masic, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, seals areas April 15 where water can seep into the vital systems of an F-16 Fighting Falcon while it is in the wash rack. The 310th AMU washes two of their jets every week.

 

It takes a lot of work to keep an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying, and it takes a lot of people to keep the seven fighter squadrons at Luke Air Force Base mission-ready. To ensure this is accomplished, Luke organizes aircraft maintenance units to do the job.

The Airmen of the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit combine the talents and skills of five Air Force specialties to ensure the 29 aircraft of the 310th Fighter Squadron are properly maintained.

Senior Master Sgt. Todd Langford, 310th AMU assistant superintendent, performs a spot check on an F-16. Langford’s daily duties include being on the flightline to check aircraft and speak to Airmen performing the mission.

“Having multiple specialty codes in one place allow us to efficiently complete the mission and helps us to minimize calling out another unit,” said Senior Master Sgt. Dale Deskins, 310th AMU superintendent. “It saves time and offers a lot of continuity.”

Everything from the tires and air conditioning units to the bullets the aircraft fire is maintained and inspected by the AMU Airmen.

Working closely with a diverse crew allows the AMU Airmen to better see how they contribute to the mission of producing the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots.

Senior Airman Charles Gros, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft armament systems technician, hooks up the umbilical cable from a missile to an F-16 Fighting Falcon April 15 at Luke Air Force Base. The umbilical cable transfers commands to arm and release the missile.

“I can’t put into words how invaluable what they do is,” said Col. Ken Ekman, 56th Training Squadron student pilot flying with the 310th FS. “Walking out and knowing I’ll have a ‘Code 1’ jet, an aircraft that is ready to fly, takes a load off my mind and allows me to concentrate on my training.”
 

Senior Airman Trevaris Long, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft environmental and electrical systems specialist, reviews electrical schematics before checking the connections on a converter regulator on an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

 

Long, 310th AMU, checks connections on a converter regulator. E&E Airmen are responsible for the electrical systems on an F-16, ensuring they are operational for launch.




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