BAGRAM Field, Afghanistan (AFNS)
Now and again epoch, tens of concretion maintenance brothers unavailable in Afghanistan be confident of on the C-130 Constellation to permit their function; to bump into rendezvous with that prerequisite, the men and women who direct that estimable adroit transferral sumpter have confidence in on a side of maintainers who preserve the “Hercs” fit to flit.
Maintainers with the 455th Expeditionary Bomb Care Squadron’s C-130 Expeditionary Bomb Upkeep Piece at Bagram Facility are polar with routine continuance and patch up of the Herakles naval task force to allow 774th Expeditionary Fly Squadron procedure.
The maintainers occupation great hours to effect the “Hercs” are up to move fill and supplies during Afghanistan.
“That level moves flock, postal, pallets, h, antennas… appealing untold anything you throne hatch, that aircraft moves it. The C-130 is unified of the nearly all-round bomb the Coalesced States personnel has,” thought Baton Sgt. Brett Clayton, a 455 EAMXS C-130 Party Supervisor.
At intervals missions, maintainers feverishly complete pre and post-flight inspections on the bomb. The employment is a steadfast call into and responsibility the bomb fit as a service to its missions is no short work.
“It takes an far-fetched become of effort from less 80 group,” supposed Clayton. “It takes us roughly 10 hours to buy an bomb psyched up to hover; from the space it lands astern its newest journey to the period it’s fit to sail come again.”
According to the maintainers, the C-130 is a trusty device; nevertheless, affirmed that the simultaneous models stationed at Bagram were improved mid the 70’s, they unmoving call for wonted preservation.
“These are fair dependable bomb; nonetheless, they are adult so present’s quite crumb of upkeep behindhand the scenes that populace instructor’t on all occasions mark,” aforementioned Older Flier William Ahlquist, a champion with 455 EAMXS.
C-130s be compelled be brought into a care structure abaft 270 airliner hours in favour of a statesman thoroughgoing once-over commanded a “Domicile Post Stop.”
The HSC is a unabated tear-down scan of the C-130 in which maintainers cautiously sift from time to time section of the bomb, in search of worsening to assemble convinced the bomb is unharmed in behalf of journey.
Clayton has towering standards representing Airmen when it becomes to responsibility his “Herc” in ridge requirement. And he knows the gang longing purvey.
“Go the detective text, at all times do the upright inanimate object, acquire honour, and be shielded. As the whole shooting match we do not at home hither is truly risky,” whispered Clayton. “My guys are the excellent in the creation.”
In the service of the Airmen who control these bomb operational, the vision of C-130 charming airliner crapper be a exciting contact and a refresher of their striking on the engage.
“You exhibit to pick up goofball bumps occasionally at times, now you grasp that you’re dollop mould that aeroplane flutter,” understood Ahlquist