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Post-flight inspection keeps C-130 safe to fly

A photo of an Airman performing an inspection on an aircraft.

Airman 1st Class Callan Warner, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) crew chief, performs a post-flight inspection in the cargo compartment of an HC-130J Combat King II Nov. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st AMU maintainers check 37 critical items on a C-130 during a post-flight inspection. These inspections are performed every 72 hours to ensure the aircraft’s ability to fly safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman marshalling an aircraft.

An Airman assigned to the 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) marshalls an HC-130J Combat King II Nov. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st AMU maintainers check 37 critical items on a C-130 during a post-flight inspection. These inspections are performed every 72 hours to ensure the aircraft’s ability to fly safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman installing a plug onto the outside of an aircraft.

Airman Tiffany Martin, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) engine mechanic, installs air conditioning plugs Nov. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st AMU maintainers check 37 critical items on an HC-130J Combat King II during a post-flight inspection. These inspections are performed every 72 hours to ensure the aircraft’s ability to fly safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman opening a compartment on an aircraft.

Senior Airman Keith Troy, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) hydraulic systems journeyman, opens an inflight refueling pod Nov. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st AMU maintainers check 37 critical items on an HC-130J Combat King II during a post-flight inspection. These inspections are performed every 72 hours to ensure the aircraft’s ability to fly safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman inspecting an aircraft engine.

Staff Sgt. Aaron McEntie, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) hydraulic mechanic, inspects the exhaust of an HC-130J Combat King II engine Nov. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st AMU maintainers check 37 critical items on a C-130 during a post-flight inspection. These inspections are performed every 72 hours to ensure the aircraft’s ability to fly safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

A photo of an Airman inspecting an aircraft.

Senior Airman Edward Castillo, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) electronic warfare technician, performs a post-flight inspection on a countermeasuresystem Nov. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st AMU maintainers check 37 critical items on an HC-130J Combat King II during a post-flight inspection. These inspections are performed every 72 hours to ensure the aircraft’s ability to fly safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --