Back in Service

Abstract:The C-130 Hercules is a large transport aircraft, and one of the most heavily used aircraft types in the U.S. Air Force. One team at a military facility in central Georgia brought together several quality concepts and methods to retool the way it repairs, maintains and keeps this aircraft in service. In doing so, the aircraft’s programmed depot maintenance (PDM) team produced exceptional results at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex (WR-ALC) in Warner Robins, GA. From its efforts, in fact, the C-130 PDM team received the prestigious 2012 Secretary of Defense honor known as the Robert T. Mason Award for Maintenance Excellence. For more than a decade, C-130 aircrafts have experienced significant increases in use rates and intensity of critical mission requirements in multiple theaters of operation.The intensity of critical mission requirements places tremendous stress on the need to sustain the availability of C-130 aircrafts, which hinges, in part, on the ability of the C-130 PDM team to …

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