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Check Six: Aircraft Shelters on the Flightline

August 28, 2017

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The 154th Wing fighter flightline is filled with aircraft shelters for more than a decade. One of the biggest benefits for sheltering the jets is corrosion prevention. As much as the shelters protect the exterior of the airframes, some of the most expensive damage happens to the electronic components on the inside of the jets with humidity and moisture.

Retiree News asked Dave Snakenberg to comment on these shelters.

The shelters went up around early 2000s. They were part of a corrosion control initiative a contractor was trying to sell to the Air Force. Hawaii was the fighter test site, so they put up the shelters.  When the Air Force did not go with shelters, it would have cost too much money to take down and ship out, so they just gave them to us.

With the Wing’s conversion to F-22 Raptors, the flightline construction continued and is a far cry from what was there in the sixties and seventies, which Retiree News will cover in future posts.

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