Ready on the flightline

By Staff Sgt. Lorin T. SmithDecember 14, 2006

Spc. Kendrick William ensures the Apache's laser-guidance system is working properly.
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Kendrick William ensures the Apache's laser-guidance system is working properly. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Daniel Acevedo checks all the wires inside an Apache's nose gearbox.
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Spc. Brandon Buchanan places a panel back on the Apache. The panel protects the helicopter's communication equipment.
3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Brandon Buchanan places a panel back on the Apache. The panel protects the helicopter's communication equipment. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith) VIEW ORIGINAL
(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.
5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – (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. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Labon Hassett removes the screws to an Apache's main rotor head. It will be removed and inspected for wear and tear.
7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Labon Hassett removes the screws to an Apache's main rotor head. It will be removed and inspected for wear and tear. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith) VIEW ORIGINAL
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 Sgt. 1st Class Steve Popkowski, a shop supervisor.
8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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 Sgt. 1st Class Steve Popkowski, a shop supervisor. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith) VIEW ORIGINAL