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T-38 maintainers keep Talons flying

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A T-38 Talon prepares to taxi onto the runway April 19. The T-38’s ability to take off is a team effort that starts with the maintainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A T-38 Talon prepares to taxi onto the runway April 19. The T-38’s ability to take off is a team effort that starts with the maintainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – John Segovia, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, tears down a J85 jet engine April 19. Mechanics tear down and re-build jet engines regularly as part of a maintenance routine to ensure the working order of every element within the engine.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – John Segovia, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, tears down a J85 jet engine April 19. Mechanics tear down and re-build jet engines regularly as part of a maintenance routine to ensure the working order of every element within the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – John Segovia, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, tears down a J85 jet engine April 19. The J85 is one of the longest military jet engines in service with more than 16.5 million hours of operation.  It is still heavily relied on to complete the T-38’s training mission at Holloman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – John Segovia, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, tears down a J85 jet engine April 19. The J85 is one of the longest military jet engines in service with more than 16.5 million hours of operation. It is still heavily relied on to complete the T-38’s training mission at Holloman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Aircraft engine mechanics for the T-38 Talon separate a J85 jet engine April 19. The J85 is a small, single-shaft turbojet engine capable of producing up to 3,000 pounds of thrust. The engine is lightweight and cost-efficient, making it ideal for training at Holloman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Aircraft engine mechanics for the T-38 Talon separate a J85 jet engine April 19. The J85 is a small, single-shaft turbojet engine capable of producing up to 3,000 pounds of thrust. The engine is lightweight and cost-efficient, making it ideal for training at Holloman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bill Hyde, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, re-builds a J85 jet engine April 19. All of the mechanics working on the T-38 are civilians with years of experience working on aircraft, and are retired veterans of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bill Hyde, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, re-builds a J85 jet engine April 19. All of the mechanics working on the T-38 are civilians with years of experience working on aircraft, and are retired veterans of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bill Hyde, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, re-builds a J85 jet engine April 19. The J85 is a small, single-shaft turbojet engine capable of producing up to 3,000 pounds of thrust. The engine is lightweight and cost-efficient, making it ideal for training at Holloman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bill Hyde, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, re-builds a J85 jet engine April 19. The J85 is a small, single-shaft turbojet engine capable of producing up to 3,000 pounds of thrust. The engine is lightweight and cost-efficient, making it ideal for training at Holloman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – John Segovia, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, finishes tearing down a J85 jet engine April 19. Mechanics tear down and re-build jet engines regularly as a part of a maintenance routine to ensure the working order of every element within the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – John Segovia, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, finishes tearing down a J85 jet engine April 19. Mechanics tear down and re-build jet engines regularly as a part of a maintenance routine to ensure the working order of every element within the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bobby Aguilar, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, cleans an engine-mounting gear box on the J85 jet engine April 19. Aguilar works in the accessories section of the T-38 engine shop. His job is to clean and prepare specific parts for reassembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bobby Aguilar, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, cleans an engine-mounting gear box on the J85 jet engine April 19. Aguilar works in the accessories section of the T-38 engine shop. His job is to clean and prepare specific parts for reassembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bobby Aguilar, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, cleans an engine-mounting gear box on the J85 jet engine April 19. Aguilar works in the accessories section of the T-38 engine shop. His job is to clean and prepare specific parts for reassembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Bobby Aguilar, an aircraft engine mechanic for the T-38 Talon, cleans an engine-mounting gear box on the J85 jet engine April 19. Aguilar works in the accessories section of the T-38 engine shop. His job is to clean and prepare specific parts for reassembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Larry Hilton, an aircraft sheet metal mechanic for the T-38 Talon, repairs an outer-engine leaf April 19. The outer-engine leaf is primarily responsible for deflecting exhaust from the engine. Hilton’s maintenance of critical pieces such as the outer-engine leaf is fundamental in the T-38’s ability to operate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Larry Hilton, an aircraft sheet metal mechanic for the T-38 Talon, repairs an outer-engine leaf April 19. The outer-engine leaf is primarily responsible for deflecting exhaust from the engine. Hilton’s maintenance of critical pieces such as the outer-engine leaf is fundamental in the T-38’s ability to operate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Larry Hilton, an aircraft sheet metal mechanic for the T-38 Talon, cuts a piece of sheet metal April 19. As a sheet metal mechanic, Hilton is responsible for the maintenance and repair of a wide array of critical parts to the T-38. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Larry Hilton, an aircraft sheet metal mechanic for the T-38 Talon, cuts a piece of sheet metal April 19. As a sheet metal mechanic, Hilton is responsible for the maintenance and repair of a wide array of critical parts to the T-38. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Larry Hilton, an aircraft sheet metal mechanic for the T-38 Talon, fastens the seal on an aft canopy April 19. Hilton’s continual maintenance of crucial parts like the canopy ensures that the aircrew of the T-38 are able to operate the aircraft safely at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Larry Hilton, an aircraft sheet metal mechanic for the T-38 Talon, fastens the seal on an aft canopy April 19. Hilton’s continual maintenance of crucial parts like the canopy ensures that the aircrew of the T-38 are able to operate the aircraft safely at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Aircraft egress mechanics for the T-38 Talon perform maintenance on ejection seats April 19. Each seat is composed of a system of small explosives that ensure the seat will launch out of the aircraft.  Egress mechanics are responsible for maintaining critical equipment that could save a pilot’s life in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Aircraft egress mechanics for the T-38 Talon perform maintenance on ejection seats April 19. Each seat is composed of a system of small explosives that ensure the seat will launch out of the aircraft. Egress mechanics are responsible for maintaining critical equipment that could save a pilot’s life in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Tina McClane, an aircraft structural mechanic for the T-38 Talon, performs a spar replacement on a wing April 19. Small pieces of the aircraft such as the spar are constantly undergoing maintenance to ensure the aircrew can operate safely at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Tina McClane, an aircraft structural mechanic for the T-38 Talon, performs a spar replacement on a wing April 19. Small pieces of the aircraft such as the spar are constantly undergoing maintenance to ensure the aircrew can operate safely at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

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