Saving engines one FOD walk at a time
By Joshua J. Seybert, 911th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 06, 2019
PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. --
Tech. Sgt. Jason Fish, repair and reclamation/wheel and tire technician with the 911th Maintenance Group, picks up a piece of foreign object debris during a FOD walk at Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, May 6, 2019.
With the C-17s having four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines, it is crucial to ensure all FOD is clear of the flightline for the safety of the aircraft and personnel flying in the aircraft.
Foreign object debris can be sucked into the engine and damage the internals of it, which could lead to a complete loss of engine power and cause even more problems during flight.
Due to this, members of the 911th Airlift Wing perform a FOD walk every week helping to keep the 911th AW mission flying.