Military Logistics

Work begins on B-1 Lancer life extension

13th December 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Work has begun to extend the service life of the US Air Force’s B-1 Lancer fleet until 2040, the air force announced on 10 December.

Structural repair and maintenance on the fleet is being carried out at Tinker Air Force Base to remedy numerous structural issues that have resulted from the aircraft being flown beyond its service life.

A dedicated repair line to repair B-1 structural issues has been stood up at the base by the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group. The first B-1 to go through this structure line arrived in October and work is now nearing completion.

The work is being carried out in coordination with SPO logistics professionals, equipment specialists and the enterprise team. Phase one of the structures repair line will include the repair of seven urgent tasks on ten aircraft with high flying-hour requirements compared to the rest of the fleet, as well as known structural issues. The repairs will be completed in a 30-day flow under a fly-in, fly-out programme with 5,000 hours of repair invested into each airframe.

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