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C-130 Hercules fleet resumes flight after latest grounding

The Air Force has resumed flights of almost three-quarters of the transport planes that the service grounded last week after maintainers discovered unusual cracks in the wing joints of an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft.

According to a statement released by the Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, thanks to early detection and quick implementation of a fleet-wide time compliance technical order, C-130 maintainers have inspected and verified the viability of 108 of the 123 affected aircrafts’ lower center wing joints, or “rainbow fittings,” allowing for their safe return to service.

“The safety of our Airmen is our highest priority,” said Gen. Maryanne Miller, AMC commander. “We sought to address this issue with crew safety first and foremost in mind, and we’re working across the Total Force, our sister services and our industry partners to ensure all affected personnel and equipment are safeguarded.”

The Air Force has resumed flights of almost three-quarters of the transport planes that the service grounded last week after maintainers discovered unusual cracks in the wing joints of an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft.

Miller suspended C-130 operations for 123 of the 450 C-130s following the discovery of cracks in the rainbow fitting that holds the inner and outer wing sections together. In accordance with the TCTO, in-depth visual and modified nondestructive inspections of the wing box are being conducted on affected C-130H and J-model aircraft that have not received the extended service life center wing box and have greater than 15,000 equivalent flight hours.

“This process has been swift, deliberate and effective,” said Col. Jed McCray, AMC associate director of logistics, engineering and force protection. “Of the 108 C-130s inspected, only one has been found to have a rainbow fitting crack and that aircraft will require depot-level maintenance to repair it and bring it back into service. All others …read more

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