433rd M-TECH shop uses new "water jet" to make new C-5 parts safely, cost-effectively

Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Tate, a metals technician with the 433rd Metals Technology shop, installs a roll pin bushing onto the main landing gear piston. The bushing was placed in liquid nitrogen for 40 minutes to constrict the bushingn for installation inside a C-5 Galaxy. The bushing was manufactured using the 433rd M-TECH shop's new "water jet," a jet-machining center that makes C-5 components more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively for an aging aircraft fleet whose parts are no longer commercially made or available. The 433rd M-TECH shop belongs to one of three maintenance squadrons at the 433rd Airlift Wing, a C-5 equipped Air Force Reserve unit located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

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