First Weapons Load

Posted 27 August 2013
Photo by Samuel King, Jr.

After months of preparation, the weapons troop standardization load crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group at Eglin AFB, Florida, performed its first munitions loading on the F-35A Lightning II on 27 August 2013. The intent of the test was to validate loading procedures for GPS-guided bombs and air-to-air missiles to ensure the instructions for load crews are accurate and effective. The standardization load crew practiced the load trial by first using a series of tabletop exercises. The loading and unloading of four types of weapons was the first hands-on load verification for the crew, who will now serve as the instructors for other munitions load crews.

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