C-17 receives makeover

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  • By Senior Airman Jesse Lopez
  • 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing Maintenance Division conducted an inspection of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during a 720-day home station refurbishing Oct. 10, 2013.

This inspection occurs periodically, to ensure the aircraft is operationally ready by cleaning and refurbishing unserviceable and malfunctioning system and structural components. Panel removal, recalibration of the seats, examination of the airdrop system's railings, and cleaning of inner floor panels account for most of the restoration.

Removal of the aircraft's panels allows the maintenance division to conduct an inspection for mechanical wear and tear, as well as structural damage.

Routine maintenance of the railings includes cleaning and checking for locking malfunctions, as well as any internal structural damages or stressors. The dual-row airdrop system inspection is comprised of removing the railing system and reconfiguring the locks and logistics. The airdrop system is used to facilitate loading and unloading, which is a vital part of Altus AFB's mission.