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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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