Machine shop

Sam Cassel monitors the turret lathe that will machine a raw billet of metal into a hinge shaft for a KC-135 horizontal stabilizer, all within minute tolerances. A blueprint of the outcome is the machinist’s technical order. “We’re ‘911’ for engines, aircraft and maintenance world-wide,” said Danny Tornello, Manufacture Machining Section chief. When an aircraft needs a part that can’t be found or is cost prohibitive, or when the threat of a fleet-grounding looms, their production can be the solution that keeps the Air Force flying. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright)

PHOTO BY: Margo Wright
VIRIN: 101008-F-4094W-003.JPG
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