Maintaining the Fleet

Staff Sgt. Daniel Ostrin, 31st Maintenance Squadron inspection section team member, checks out the landing gear wheel well of an F-16 Fighting Falcon June 3, 2009, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, for any discrepancies needing to be repaired or replaced. The inspection is part of a program requiring the aircraft to be inspected every 400 flying hours. On average, 200 discrepancies are found during these in-depth phase maintenance inspections geared toward finding everything as simple as a stripped screw or something cosmetic such as corrosion that won't ground an aircraft, to something major like a cracked fuselage bulkhead or landing gear system. The entire removal and install of a landing gear system takes three to five days. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael O'Connor)

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