December 14, 2006
By Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith
Spc. Kendrick William ensures the Apache's laser-guidance system is working properly.
Spc. Daniel Acevedo checks all the wires inside an Apache's nose gearbox.
Spc. Brandon Buchanan places a panel back on the Apache. The panel protects the helicopter's communication equipment.
Spc. Rodney Bastow cleans a 30 mm machine gun before reinstalling it on the Apache. Every section of the helicopter is inspected before the helicopter is allowed to fly again.
(from left) Staff Sgt. Rene Castillo gives directions to Sgt. Butch Carpenter and Spc. Kendrick William on what to do next for checking the Apache's guidance and avionics systems.
Sgt. Labon Hassett helps guide an Apache's main rotor head as it is being removed. The rotor will be fully torn down and inspected.
Sgt. Labon Hassett removes the screws to an Apache's main rotor head. It will be removed and inspected for wear and tear.
Soldiers perform a 250-hour phase inspection, during which the mechanics will tear down and inspect every inch of the helicopter. "When we go home [from Iraq], we are going to take the same techniques we've refined here and make them even better," said...