Maintenance: Propelling pilots forward
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Fighter jets take to the skies 24/7. There's always a pilot in the air to be seen, but the mechanics behind the jets stay behind closed doors.
Senior Airman Tyler Susskind, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, may be behind the scenes, but his complex job leaves no room for error.
Susskind's daily job consists of diagnosing engine problems (including the fuel, oil, electrical and engine airflow systems), removing defective components and installing serviceable machinery as well as performing test runs on repaired engines.
Photo: Senior Airman Tyler Susskind, an aerospace propulsion journeyman with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photo at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 25, 2015. Susskind describes the hardest aspect of his job as knowing, “You can get in a lot of trouble, [which is] probably the most stressful part of the job. Just knowing if you mess up on the slightest thing you could potentially kill somebody or [you could] cost the military millions of dollars.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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