|Stealth coatings on F-35 'easier to maintain' than on older jets 10 May 2013 Dave Majumdar
"US Air Force maintenance troops working on the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at Eglin AFB, Florida, say the stealth coatings on the new fifth-generation type are proving easier to work on than those on earlier low-observable (LO) platforms.
Maintaining the LO coatings on the new aircraft marks "a significant improvement", says Senior Master Sgt Eric Wheeler, a maintainer assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at the base. "Typically, [it] has not caused us a whole lot of downtime on this jet."...
...One significant recent development at Eglin AFB is that the maintenance is upgrading the autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) version 1.03 with the delivery of the base's first Block 2A configuration F-35.
The new system, which is also being used at MCAS Yuma in Arizona, Edwards AFB in California and Nellis AFB, Nevada, is able to handle classified data, unlike the older ALIS version."
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