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An Airman looks at an aircraft part beside a black light. Finding potential mishaps before they happen: NDI Airmen
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — A nondestructive inspection Airman searches for cracks capable of taking down an aircraft by analyzing the suspect piece with eyes specially trained for the job.Airmen from the 19th Maintenance Squadron NDI shop perform aircraft integrity checks, at set intervals and upon request, using liquids and a variety of other methods to assist them in seeing cracks and additional imperfections in aircraft parts.
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Senior Airman Brett Gyurnek, 437th Maintenance Squadron Non-Destructive Inspection technician, looks through a core reverser gear while performing a fluorescent penetrant test at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. July10, 2017. The NDI shop is able to test the largest and smallest pieces of an aircraft. Once a deficiency is found, it is relayed to the aircraft structural maintenance unit for repair. If a crew chief or a member of the aircrew identifies a potential issue, NDI Airmen perform diagnostic procedures to determine the extent of the damage. Inspection team catches a break
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Fluorescent stains spatter the floor and surfaces throughout a room illuminated by a black light. A man in an opaque blue mask and a black apron hovers over a bath foaming with neon liquid. He reaches into the concoction, and pulls out an dripping metal gear for inspection. The Airmen of the 437th Maintenance Squadron
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class James Schwein, 19th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections journeyman, covers a wheel bolt for a C-130J in magnetic particle oil Jan. 31, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The magnetic particle oil sinks into the cracks of the bolt and illuminates them when placed under a black light. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron) Airmen conduct preventative maintenance on C-130J fleet
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Chemical tanks, conveyer belts and intricate machines linethe walls of the 19th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections shop here.The lights are turned off as one ultraviolet light shines anew spectrum of colors to an NDI technician. Shades of purple, blue and neon-green light up the dark as theAirman
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