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Cool photo shows U.S. Air Force crew chief performing a post-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon

Post-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon

The cool photo in this post shows the human touch needed to keep multi million dollar jets flying: taken on Nov. 15, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, the picture features Senior Airman Daniel Lasal, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, performing a post-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet.

Noteworthy aircraft maintainers perform six-hours or more of post-flight inspections after each sortie.

Tactical aircraft maintenance technicians otherwise known as crew chiefs are the care takers of the aircraft. They inspect and prepare the aircraft and ensure it is ready to fly at a moment’s notice so pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission.

Dedicated crew chiefs (DCCs) are aircraft maintainers assigned to lead the maintenance of a specific jet. Stateside, dedicated crew chiefs have their name opposite the pilot’s on the aircraft canopy.

For more than 80 years, from the US Air Army Corps to the US Air Force, crew chiefs have dedicated countless hours in the rain, sleet, and snow to ensure the mission gets accomplished and pilots can deliver swift, agile air support downrange.

Crew chief is the name; maintaining, servicing, and fixing planes is their game. Once these individuals prove they have superior work performance, initiative, professionalism, and keen knowledge of the job, they can be recognized as DCCs.

Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa / U.S. Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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