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Saving engines one FOD walk at a time

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. Performing FOD walks ensures the flightline is clear of any loose objects that could get sucked into and destroy an aircraft engine.

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. Performing FOD walks ensures the flightline is clear of any loose objects that could get sucked into and destroy an aircraft engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

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.