ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., July 22 (UPI) -- S&K Technologies is disassembling an F-15D Eagle to provide the U.S. Air Force with data on the ongoing operational readiness of the aircraft.
The disassembling of the F-15D fighter jet, taking place in Georgia, is part of an effort by the Air Force to examine the aging aircraft and establish a better understanding for future maintenance requirements.
According to a release from the Air Force the F-15 Eagle being evaluated by S&K Technologies has flown more than 6,300 flying hours. By tearing down the fighter aircraft officials will be able to assess the internal structure and understand how the plane is holding up over time beyond normal inspections.
"The tear-down provides insight into any damage occurring in places that we don't normally inspect," 2nd Lt. Amanda Alpaugh, Air Force 830th Aircraft Sustainment Group, F-15 structural engineer, said in a statement.
"This is critical data because it allows us to adjust our programmed depot maintenance work package to ensure we inspect the right places at the right time and address the wear and tear before it becomes a problem."