Feeling Super

The first C-130J transport to undergo a new programmed depot maintenance process at Robins AFB, Ga., has returned home to Little Rock AFB, Ark. Unlike traditional PDM, the Super Hercules went through a progressive maintenance program at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center that involved a customized maintenance package. Over the course of about 100 days, some 50 maintainers made structural repairs, conducted non-destructive inspections, and gave the airlifter a new paint job. “This is the beginning of a process that will go on for quite some time into the future,” said Col. Randall Burke, 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group commander. “We’re in the validation phase, a test phase where we’re developing and refining the procedures.” The aircraft flew back to Little Rock on Sept. 28. During Fiscal 2012, eight C-130Js are scheduled to arrive at Robins for this same work. (Robins report by Jenny Gordon)