March 28, 2014

New Lightning AMU officially opens

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler
A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II sits on display in the new Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar March 18 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The new hangar will also have an engine maintenance addition built into the facility. Engine maintenance will now be conducted in the same facility the aircraft is stored in. Not moving an engine from one facility to another will make maintenance more efficient and ultimately reduce the amount of time the aircraft must remain on the ground.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler
The new F-35 Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar was officially opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony March 18 at Nellis Air Force Base Nev. The new AMU hangar will ease operations for maintaining the F-35 Lightning II. The hangars new features include climate control and overhead crane access.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler
Col. Christopher Short, 57th Wing commander, speaks in front of the new F-35 Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar, March 18 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The new Lightning AMU hangar is a $20.6 million project that will be home to 24 future F-35 Lightning IIs and supporting more than 150 air and ground crew members.

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