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  • AFRL helps extend serviceability of hydraulic aircraft components

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate recently completed an extensive effort to help certify a maintenance process that could extend the life of aircraft hydraulic system components.Through participation in a rapid innovation fund team led by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, AFRL
  • Environmental sensing platform offers added protection against corrosion

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – AFRL is developing an innovative new tool to more effectively manage aircraft corrosion.Researchers from the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are developing and testing a device that could help pre-emptively predict corrosive environmental conditions before they can start causing damage to
  • Pacer Classic III mods give T-38 new life

    Located at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, the 575th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron T-38 Talon depot maintenance team has been providing current upgrade modifications known as Pacer Classic III since 2015 and have to date successfully completed them on 40 T-38 Talon aircraft.
  • Innovating compressor blade inspection

    Blade defects decrease engine efficiency and power, while increasing fuel burn (specific fuel consumption) and exhaust gas temperature (EGT) - resulting in higher maintenance costs, and decreased aircraft availability. Additionally, defective compressor blades can pose a safety threat if not replaced in a timely manner. While researching areas for increased aircraft optimization, Air Force Operational Energy found that cost-effective and reliable blade inspection ensures engines are performing optimally, and is paramount to maintaining aircraft readiness.
  • Unique high-brilliance X-ray sheds new light on additive manufacturing process

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate researchers recently took advantage of a unique and rare research opportunity to better understand the behavior of materials used in the additive manufacturing process.Once a little-known curiosity, the popularity of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing as it is
  • AFSOC general returns to thank Robins maintainers; provides gunship tour

     As promised by the Air Force Special Operations Command vice commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex C-130 sustainment workers were treated to a Feb. 9 tour inside an AC-130W gunship fully loaded with the latest modifications.  Maj. Gen. Eugene Haase, AFSOC vice commander, and his crew brought the AC-130W from Hurlburt Field, Fla., to the
  • Air Force lab investigating microscopic crack formation for aircraft

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The B-52 is one of the oldest legacy aircraft in the Air Force. Since the 1950s, this aircraft has led the force in its dominance as the world’s best. However, just as humans begin to age, so do aircraft. Repeated loading and unloading, changes in air pressure, exposure to altitude and more, contribute to
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