Air Force inspects planes over ‘non-conforming’ tail pins
At least two dozen Air Force jets in at least five aircraft fleets were reportedly found to have potentially problematic tail feathers.
The E-3 Sentry airborne target tracking aircraft, airborne warning and control aircraft, became the last to be inspected for substandard tail feathers, according to the Military Times. Citing the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, the branch did not say how many replacement parts would be needed.
“The E-3 System Program Office, in conjunction with ACC, issued an Immediate Action Time Compliance Technical Order (TCTO) on March 1, directing the inspection of all E-3 aircraft for non-compliant vertical stabilization pins. The TCTO required inspections completed prior to the next flight,” Air Force spokesman Capt. Laura Hayden in an email to Fox News Digital Friday.
She explained that all E-3 aircraft have been field inspected in accordance with the TCTO and that the Air Force continues to conduct operational and training missions.
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“The only aircraft that have yet to be inspected are under depot maintenance and will be inspected before leaving the depot facility,” Hayden added. “There have been no accidents due to non-compliant pins.”
The fleet is spread over Tinker Air Force Base, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Japan’s Kadena Air Base.
The Air Force says NATO has 17 E-3As and support equipment.
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The publication listed the aircraft “vertical connection pins” are the problem; they help attach the tail fin to the rest of the fuselage, giving pilots control of an aircraft while turning.
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On Valentine’s Day, the Air Force Times previously reported that 24 of the 90 KC-135 Stratotankers it inspected had non-compliant pins.