Posts tagged ‘ch-53’

Work Randomness #2

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SSgt. Hensley, Airframes, showing his enthusiasm for the camera

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I think a CH-53E is an authorized vehicle…

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Morning maintenance meeting

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FOD walk

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The giant Cicada that tried to eat Chad Jones

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The ubiquitous Japanese coffee and drink vending machines. There is never one more than 50 feet away.

Work randomness

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SSgt Garcia, Airframes

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Progress to be made

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Birds’ eye view

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This green container and concrete barrier is essentially the Flightline shop

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Flightline about to leave work

One build-up at a time

The first week of hectic maintenance brought with it a good introduction to fixing planes in the humid conditions coupled with the lack of logistical support. I felt as if we were better equipped in the remote wasteland of Afghanistan than we are in Okinawa, at an air station that has had helicopters for decades. The simple explanation is — the base was not ready for us: no hangar, scavenging support equipment, and almost everyone spending the entire day outside. I would be tempted to say I’d choose Afghanistan any day over this, as far as working conditions went.

We went ahead anyway and charged headfirst into rebuilding the first helicopter after it stood ‘broken down’ after C-5 transport.

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Note the rolled up sleeves, everybody is trying to get their tan on

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Disorganized disarray of a mess

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Our neighbors on the flight line to the north; CH-46’s (HMM-262 “Flying Tigers”) and C-130’s (VMGR-152 “Sumos”)

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California

While also sunny and warm, this wasn’t quite our final destination of Okinawa. The photos presented here depict how we had to unload our two CH-53’s out of the Air Force plane since it was “broken”. Shortly after the three hour offload was completed, they were magically fixed and headed back to Texas the next day. We spent 4 full days in Northern California just outside of Travis Air Force base. The eight of us were mostly relegated to staying at the hotel since we did not have a vehicle. On one day when we didn’t have to go to the base at all, Longbine and I took a train to San Francisco. We didn’t really know where to go, so our site seeing was limited to long walks up the steep streets with stops at 5 or 6 bars during the day. I had to talk him in to at least walking past Chinatown so I could catch a glimpse of it.

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Offloading the Main Gearbox with attached Rotor Head

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Close up of a tie-down chain

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Enjoy the oil we spilt…suckers