MAINTAINER SHORTAGE

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Lack of technicians is major USAF challenge

BRINGING YOU THE LATEST TALK FROM AROUND THE SQUADRONS

the USAF is well-placed with overall maintainer manpower, it’s the lack of experience that is really causing concern. Jamie Hunter
Inset: The issue of maintainer manpower has been exacerbated by having experience migrated across to new types such as the F-35A. Scott Wolff

THERE HAS ALWAYS been a fair share of ribbing between pilots and maintainers. While most of it can be chalked up as friendly competition, some of it is deadly serious. Who really owns the jets? Whose job is more important? Who deserves the credit when things go well? Who is to blame when things go horribly wrong? As long as there have been pilots and aircraft maintenance personnel, the goodhumored rivalry has been prevalent.

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