Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 ground-attack jet to keep the aircraft flying into the future
The wing replacements are expected to last for as long as 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection, and adds a better wire harness.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Workers at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex (ALC) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, have installed the last of 173 new wings on A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, finalizing a project that started in 2011 with aircraft 80-0173. Air Force Public Affairs reports. Continue reading original article
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15 Aug. 2019 -- The ALC’s 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron swapped wings on 162 A-10s as part of the A-10 Enhanced Wing Assembly replacement program. The remaining 11 were installed at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea.
The wing replacements are expected to last for as long as 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection. In addition, technicians designed a better wire harness for easier wing removal and to lessen the chance of damaging the wing during the process.
Working on an aircraft that has been flying for nearly 40 years wasn’t without challenges. The modifications included having to make new parts for the fuselage and having to bring other A-10 parts up from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
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