posted on Oct, 17 2013 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by Sammamishman
Speaking as an ex-Navy Aviation Machinist Mate, I have concerns about maintenance with these newer aircraft. I worked on Sikorsky Sea King
helicopters in the mid 80's on board carriers. The F-14 had been around a while and we were just getting the F/A-18's. The one thing that I
noticed was that when I needed a fuel or hydraulic line, I went to Supply and was given a section of steel or aluminum tubing and a bag of fittings.
I then measured the old line and fabricated a new line. When the guys working on the newer aircraft needed a line, they went to Supply and got a
pre-fabricated line that was shrink wrapped to a piece of cardboard.
My main reason for being concerned is that every thing is fine as long as the Supply chain holds up. The US Navy has not faced a threat to it's
supply lines since the middle of World War II. These new aircraft are great, but, they are only good as long as they can fly. If the wrong part
breaks, they are just expensive paperweights until they can get a new part. What happens if they can't get that part?