RAAF supports USAF C-17 repairs
A new US-Australia cross-servicing agreement has been used for the first time to return a US Air Force (USAF) C-17 Globemaster III aircraft back to the skies.
The countries entered into a C-17A Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Service - Implementing Arrangement (ARMS-IA) in June, which allows Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and USAF technicians to work on each other’s C-17As.
In this instance, RAAF No. 36 Squadron (36SQN) supplied a co-pilot Multi-Function Control Panel for the USAF aircraft cockpit, fitted it and carried out the associated operational checks to verify the replacement. The squadron then provided tooling and consumables for an issue related to a secondary flight control computer. Throughout the repair on the USAF C-17A, RAAF and USAF technicians worked side-by-side.
Warrant Officer Pete Ranson, Warrant Officer Engineering at 36SQN, said: ‘The issues with the affected aircraft were outside the expertise of the USAF maintenance personnel on that task. The USAF aviation technician trades are more specialised than the RAAF, where we stream to either aircraft technician or avionics technician.
‘We carry a broader experience in a range of tasks, and 36SQN maintenance personnel were able to guide the USAF counterparts in rectifying the jet.’
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