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C-130s slowly returning to service
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An Air Force maintenance experts timetable calls for the 597-plane C-130 fleet to have all potentially faulty nuts fixed within eight weeks.

C-130s slowly returning to service
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 14, 2009 11:13:36 EDT

Hundreds of C-130s with potentially faulty nuts inside their wings should be fixed and back in the air in about eight weeks, according to a timetable laid out by an Air Force maintenance expert.

Most of the services 597 Hercules have been parked since March 3 when Materiel Command ordered all of the transports inspected for the problem steel nuts, which connect the wings with the fuselage. The only C-130s flying were those that passed inspection or were quickly repaired.

By March 12, inspections reached about 90 percent of the fleet, said Terry May, who oversees maintenance for the C-130 fleet as director of the 330th Aircraft Sustainment Group at Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga. Most of the planes not yet checked were out of service for overhauls or other maintenance work.

Of the approximately 540 planes inspected, 266 C-130s had potentially faulty nuts, May said. The other inspected planes did not have the nuts and were allowed back in the air.

The nuts attach the outer wing to the wing box, said May. Each wing has 15 nuts inside the lower part of the joint, which is just to the outside of the inboard engines, he said.

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