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RAAF C-17 back in service following repairs

25th October 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US Air Force (USAF) maintainers have assisted in returning a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III back into service following damage to the engine inlet during a mission in Alaska.

Australia and the US have an Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Service – Implementing Arrangement (ARMS-IA) which allows C-17A technicians of both air forces to work on each others’ aircraft.

The RAAF No 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster suffered a cracked engine inlet during a mission to Alaska in late August. Boeing released an engineering disposition to stop-drill the crack, and authorised a one-time ferry flight from Elmendorf to McChord near Seattle in Washington State, the nearest replacement inlet to the aircraft’s location at the time.

At McChord maintenance personnel from the USAF’s 62nd Maintenance Squadron worked to change the engine inlet under RAAF supervision. The work was completed over three days in September.

This marked the first time that USAF technicians have supported a RAAF C-17A under the ARMS-IA.

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