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May 17, 2013

AMU keeps Thunderbolts in sky

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

An A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief operates an external ladder release to allow a pilot to climb down from the aircraft May 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Lowering the ladder is just one of many steps taken by a crew chief following a flight before discussing possible maintenance concerns with the pilot.

 

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Airman 1st Class Adrian Sandoval, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, assistant dedicated crew chief, attaches a refueling hose to an A-10 Thunderbolt II after a sortie May 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Part of Sandoval’s duties as an ADCC includes ensuring the aircraft is properly serviced and assisting refueling operations prior to its next sortie.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Staff Sgt. Joshua Drought, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief, services the struts of an A-10 Thunderbolt II May 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The A-10 began service with the Air Force in 1975 and has remained effective in air to ground combat operations through constant maintenance and continued technological upgrades.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory Brook

Airman 1st Class Adrian Sandoval, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, assistant dedicated crew chief, tightens bolts on the fuselage of an A-10 Thunderbolt II during a post flight inspection May 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. A post-flight inspection is performed after every sortie to inspect the aircraft for any damage and to correct any discrepancies that are found.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Airman Brandon Kempf, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief, communicates with a pilot using hand signals May 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Crew chiefs use a wide variety of hand signals to direct pilots to the correct location in a loud flight line environment.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Tech Sgt. Thomas Puckett, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flightline expediter, pushes a towbar up to the landing gear of an A-10 Thunderbolt II May 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The towbar was used to attach the aircraft to ground equipment which then transported the aircraft back to the Thunder aircraft maintenance unit from base operations.

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Airman Brandon Kempf, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief, communicates with a pilot as an aircraft taxis into position after landing May 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Upon landing, the A-10 Thunderbolt receives numerous post-flight checks and maintenance including strut servicing and ammunition downloads

 




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