posted on Oct, 21 2018 @ 07:01 AM
a reply to: RadioRobert
Robert purely out of interest, how many aircraft have you worked on over the years as a maintenance engineer, commercial or military?
Tyndall AFB is one of the most important in the continental US.This scenario has played out many times before from Hurricane Andrew to Clark AFB being
half buried by ash from Mt Pinatubo and procedures and protocols have been refined because of them. As the storm was approaching there would have been
large numbers of phone calls, conference calls and video conferences. The exact status of each aircraft would have been known on a run sheet and at
each shift changeover there would be a shift brief detailing the status of any aircraft that was U/S or in a check and what had to be done to get them
airborne. As the storm got closer there would have been reports every hour or two regarding what could and could not be got out in time. Decisions
would be made to abandon aircraft that would take too long, require too much manpower, or could not be rectified in time due to nil stock of flight
critical parts. Its completely normal in both civilian and military circles for some spare parts to take days, weeks, or occasionally months to
obtain. And even once you have it, it needs to be fitted and depending on how deeply buried it is, everything else put back on top. If engines were
pulled they need to be refitted, leak checked, and engine runs performed and engine changes can be manpower intensive and take hours. And what you are
probably not even considering is that you are asking the same level of base manpower to do maybe up to a months worth of work in a day and a half,
without any kind of breaks or sleep, so no regard for their well being or consideration of potentially disastrous fatigue related mistakes. Because 36
hours isn't enough time to get more manpower flown in and brought up to speed on what is what and where. And whats more you dont even know how much
time you exactly have because storms are only predictable for a short window, they can slow down or speed up dramatically just like their intensity.
Seriously, its a training and maintenance base, they are supposed to have aircraft down.
Thats like yelling at Delta Airlines for having lots of aircraft on the ground at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, or British Airways at Cardiff airport.