When the second C-5 landed in Spain with a nose gear failure in less than two months, Dover AFB was quick to stand their aircraft down to investigate
the problem. Now all 56 C-5A and M model aircraft are being directed to have the ball screw joint replaced in the nose gear.
Each aircraft has two ball screw joint assemblies in the nose gear. They work in tandem to move the nose gear. If one fails, the gear doesn't extend.
In addition to the replacement, all aircraft are being restricted from kneeling except when required to for the mission they are on.
That is interesting. I live in northeastern oklahoma, and I saw one of these behemoths making an approach to either the nearby air Base, or tulsa
international airport. This was two days ago. I do not know anything about how the maintenance scheduling for these aircraft works. Do they pull all
of them in and ground them until the work is done, or does a section of the fleet get repaired at a time to keep some in the air? I have never seen
one of those so low, and the size was unbelievable!
It depends on a number of factors. In the case of Dover, they're being repaired before they're being returned to flight. They currently have five
done. Both aircraft that suffered the failure were from there. In the case of the rest of the fleet, it will be done as they become available from
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