posted on Jul, 14 2013 @ 02:06 PM
This is an older story, but I just saw the AIB report website with it listed. In November of last year, a B-52 undergoing depot level maintenance at
Tinker AFB, departed on a Functional Check Flight (FCF), after completing the maintenance. At some point during the flight, both inboard flaps
separated from the aircraft. Now this is impressive, because those flaps are huge.
Fortunately they didn't cause any damage on the ground. This is just one of many examples of maintenance at the Depot not being performed correctly.
It has led to several crashes (including the F-117 at the airshow in Maryland), deaths of crew members, and losses of aircraft. It's been going on
for years, and we used to dread having to send an aircraft to PDM. We had one EC-135 that flew crooked after it came back, because they didn't put
the wings back on straight.
edit on 7/14/2013 by Zaphod58 because: (no