Accession Number : ADA603809


Title :   Strategies to Sustain an Aging Fleet


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA


Personal Author(s) : Johns, Jeffrey D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a603809.pdf


Report Date : 17 Apr 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 39


Abstract : The Air Force has spent the past 20 years engaged in multiple combat operations and is utilizing an aircraft fleet that averages nearly a quarter of a century in age with some planes in the inventory dating back to the 1950s. The current fleet, whose planes are more than 23 years old on average, is the oldest in USAF history. Aging legacy aircraft will likely drive sustainment costs ever higher in the coming years; improved aircraft parts forecasting, increased aircraft maintenance science and technology funding, and incorporating commercial airline maintenance practices are strategies the Air Force should examine in sustaining an aging fleet.


Descriptors :   *AGING(MATERIALS) , *AIRCRAFT , *FLEETS(SHIPS) , AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE , COMMERCIAL AVIATION , HISTORY , MILITARY OPERATIONS , STRATEGIC ANALYSIS


Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Marine Engineering


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE