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Wheel of lifeWheel of life
Wheel of life

Airmen from the 92nd Maintenance Squadron change a KC-135 Stratotanker tire during the bases first tire changing competition April 22, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Airmen raced against the clock for the fastest time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick J. Daniello)
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Posted: 4/22/2016

Every bolt mattersEvery bolt  ...
Every bolt matters

Airman 1st Class Derek Chau, 92nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, loosens a bolt during the base's first KC-135 Stratotanker tire changing competition April 22, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Approximately 20 Airmen from about seven different career fields participated. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick J. Daniello)
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Posted: 4/22/2016

Jack of tire tradeJack of tire  ...
Jack of tire trade

Staff Sgt. Wesley Cress, 92nd Maintenance Squadron isochronal floor supervisor, and his team position a tire jack during the bases first KC-135 Stratotanker tire changing competition April 22, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Approximately 20 Airmen, consisting of five teams and about seven different career fields, competed in the base’s first tire changing competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick J. Daniello)
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Posted: 4/22/2016

Reflective belt of maintenance gloryReflective belt  ...
Reflective belt of maintenance glory

A reflective belt sits on a table April 22, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The belts were bestowed to the winners of the 92nd Maintenance Group’s first tire changing competition. The team with the fastest time and least amount of penalties were declared the winners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick J. Daniello)
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Posted: 4/22/2016

NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival CourseNASA Astronauts  ...
NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival Course

Cody Kelly, NASA engineer, holds on as he is hoisted up during a water survival training exercise April 19, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Five team members from NASA visited Fairchild to attend the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Water Survival Course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Taylor Bourgeous)
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Posted: 4/21/2016

NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival CourseNASA Astronauts  ...
NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival Course

Col. Michael Fincke, NASA astronaut, speaks to Airmen during an all-call April 20, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Five team members from NASA visited Fairchild to attend the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Water Survival Course. “Right now we are here to evaluate the possibility of sending more astronauts here in the future,” Fincke said. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Taylor Bourgeous)
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Posted: 4/21/2016

NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival CourseNASA Astronauts  ...
NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival Course

Col. Michael Fincke, NASA astronaut, Maj. Anne McClain, NASA astronaut, and Dr. Michael Barrett, NASA astronaut, pose next to a memorial display for Michael P. Anderson April 20, 2016, at Michael Anderson Elementary School at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The school is named after Michael P. Anderson, an astronaut from Spokane, Wash. who perished on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. “I knew Anderson from when he was in the class right before me,” Fincke said. “We talked about a lot of things, like how to do space walks. He was a really good friend of mine.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Taylor Bourgeous)
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Posted: 4/21/2016

NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival CourseNASA Astronauts  ...
NASA Astronauts assess USAF Water Survival Course

Lt. Col. Chas Tacheny, NASA Human Space Flight Support-Houston, Chief, wears an astronaut suit as Cody Kelly, NASA engineer, explains how it works April 20, 2016, at Michael Anderson Elementary School on Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The astronauts spoke to students about what it is like in space and answered questions from the students. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Taylor Bourgeous)
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Posted: 4/21/2016

Fairchild's finest KightFairchild's  ...
Fairchild's finest Kight

Staff Sgt. Freddie Kight, 22nd Training Squadron NCO in charge of parachute training, completes a Jump Master Parachute Inspection April 18, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Working in parachute training, Kight conducts emergency parachute training, morning and afternoon hoist training for S-V80-A students and many other tasks. His leadership selected him as one of Fairchild’s Finest, a weekly recognition program that highlights top-performing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)
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Posted: 4/20/2016

Building 2050Building 2050
Building 2050

More than 1,250 B-17s had been repaired in building 2050 by November 1944 along with an impressive variety of other aircraft including B-24s, B-29s, B-25s, C-47s, P-38s, P-47s and P-51s. The estimated savings for repairing the B-17s was estimated at $51 million for the first four months of full operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)
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Posted: 4/20/2016

Birchwood hangarsBirchwood  ...
Birchwood hangars

On Sept. 10, 1941, Brig. Gen. Carl Spaatz, Air Corps Chief of the Air Staff, recommended the Northwest Air Depot be located near Spokane, Wash. Construction began on Jan. 19, 1942, after the citizens of Spokane raised approximately $125,000 to purchase 2,400 acres for the depot. The depot, now building 2050, is four Birchwood hangars built with steel girders and concrete. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)
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Posted: 4/20/2016

B-17 Flying FortressB-17 Flying  ...
B-17 Flying Fortress

The maintenance division’s primary mission was to repair B-17 Flying Fortress engines during World War II. In October 1942, workers repaired 50 engines and tripled the number of successfully repaired engines by November 1942. The workers continuously increased the amount of overhauled engines and by June 1944, the desired goal was approximately 550 engines a month. The unit broke all records for air depots in the United States for the amount of time required to overhaul B-17 engines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)
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Posted: 4/20/2016

    

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