A stripped C-5M goes by means of programmed depot upkeep at Robins Air Pressure Base in Georgia, November 17, 2020.

US Air Pressure/Joseph Mather

Plane present process Programmed Depot Upkeep are virtually utterly disassembled and stripped of their paint so technicians can analyze each inch of the plane.
It is a detailed course of meant to search out and repair defects so plane could be despatched again to their residence stations like they had been (virtually) model new.
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Final week we printed the primary video of the B-52 tail quantity 60-0034, nicknamed “Smart Man”, flying once more after present process Programmed Depot Upkeep (PDM) at Tinker Air Pressure Base, Oklahoma. As lots of our readers observed, the Stratofortress bomber was utterly “bare,” with all of the paint stripped off.Though “Smart Man” is an plane that was resurrected, regenerated and is about to return to service with the fifth Bomb Wing at Minot Air Pressure Base, North Dakota, after spending 10 years on the Boneyard of the 309th AMARG (Aerospace Upkeep and Regeneration Group) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, all kinds present process PDM, together with C-5M Tremendous Galaxy airlifters, the US Air Pressure’s largest plane, are disassembled and stripped off their paint.PDM is a really complicated course of fabricated from heavy checks, throughout which the plane (at completely different intervals relying on the kind) is sort of utterly disassembled and every half is inspected and all defects are fastened earlier than they’re rebuilt and despatched again to their residence stations as they had been (virtually) model new. The paint is stripped off the complete airframe in order that technicians can analyze each a part of the plane and make repairs the place wanted.The highest picture exhibits a C-5 reassembled after a PDM with the 402nd Plane Upkeep Group at Robins Air Pressure Base, Georgia. As a part of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Advanced, the 402nd AMXG supplies PDM and unscheduled restore actions on F-15, C-130, C-5 and C-17 plane. The group is accountable for the restore, modification, reclamation and rework of over 200 plane worldwide.

The C-5 has an eight-year scheduled upkeep timeline: A PDM is carried out each 96 months. In an effort to maximise the lifespan of the C-5 fleet, the plane goes by means of a sequence of inspections that fluctuate in recurrence and depth: preflight, home-station examine, Upkeep Steering Group-Three Minor, MSG-Three Main and Programmed Depot Upkeep.The cycle goes as such: PDM, Minor ISO (Isochronal), Main ISO, Minor ISO then beginning again at PDM. Every inspection is 2 years aside and continues for the lifecycle of the weapon system. Dover Air Pressure Base and its 436th Upkeep Squadro has the one facility within the Air Pressure that is ready to conduct Main ISO inspections.The PDM is carried out at Robins AFB. The plane is just not solely stripped down throughout PDMs: Throughout an ISO inspection, plane maintainers strip down the C-5 searching for any deficiencies, faults, cracks or every other downside in each system of the plane.

A stripped C-5M throughout programmed depot upkeep at Robins Air Pressure Base in Georgia, November 17, 2020.

US Air Pressure/Joseph Mather

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