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Some KC-135Es removed from flying schedule

9/16/2004 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFPN) -- Gen. John W. Handy, commander of Air Mobility Command, has directed 29 KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft with identified engine strut problems be removed from the flying schedule while Air Force leaders evaluate a report from the Fleet Viability Board and recommendations of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center's KC-135 system program office.

This decision is based on flight safety considerations associated with this model of the KC-135.

Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche tasked the board in June to perform an independent, in-depth analysis of a portion of the KC-135E fleet affected by a problem with the engine pylon support struts. The board, a team of experienced aircraft engineers, evaluated 30 aircraft throughout a two-month period, assessing the engine strut problems and overall health and viability of these aircraft.

General Handy was briefed on their draft recommendations Sept. 13 and has directed that 29 aircraft be removed from the daily flying schedule while the board's findings are thoroughly reviewed and evaluated.

A decision will be made on further disposition of the affected 29 aircraft sometime after senior Air Force leaders are briefed. (Courtesy of AMC News Service)

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