The technicians at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia finished a rush depot overhaul of an Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130U gunship in less than the requested 150 days. A routine scheduled maintenance on a gunship takes 181 days, the ALC did it in 146 days—and that included more than the routine work because the aircraft needed extra work, like repair of its center wing box, which is a problem with older C-130 airframes. Aircraft logistics specialist Winston Slappey summed up the experience: “It was all teamwork. Everyone was pushing on this aircraft.” AFSOC needed the gunship to meet its deployment schedule.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.