How Air Force crew chiefs keep the legendary B-52 in flying shape

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During an inspection, crew chiefs look for everything from loose rivets to damage from bird strikes. Once everything is inspected, crew chiefs can then coordinate with other specialty components of the 2nd AMXS to address the issues.

During an inspection, crew chiefs look for everything from loose rivets to damage from bird strikes. Once everything is inspected, crew chiefs can then coordinate with other specialty components of the 2nd AMXS to address the issues.

Once all necessary maintenance is complete, the crew chiefs will do another inspection to ensure the aircraft is ready to fly.

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"At the end of the day, we're the ones who are signing off to say that this jet is good to fly," Coner said. "Without us jets couldn't fly, and that's a lot of responsibility."

"At the end of the day, we're the ones who are signing off to say that this jet is good to fly," Coner said. "Without us jets couldn't fly, and that's a lot of responsibility."

With the great responsibility, comes a great deal of pride. It takes many long hours of laborious work to ensure that the aircrew have a safe aircraft to fly, but it's work that Barksdale's crew chiefs are proud to do.

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"We put a lot of work into these jets," Harding said, "No kidding, you put blood, sweat and tears into making the mission happen."

"We put a lot of work into these jets," Harding said, "No kidding, you put blood, sweat and tears into making the mission happen."

Whether it's enduring Barksdale's unforgiving summer heat or a nationwide pandemic, no matter the circumstances, no matter the obstacles, Barksdale's crew chiefs get the mission done.

"The mission still has to happen," Harding said. "We all work together to show the world that nothing's going to stop us. We are always going to do what we have to do to get the mission done."

"The mission still has to happen," Harding said. "We all work together to show the world that nothing's going to stop us. We are always going to do what we have to do to get the mission done."
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