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Korean Air delivers rewired F-15 fighter
The Korean Hearld ^ | 3/20/2012 | The Korean Hearld

Posted on 03/20/2012 6:28:38 PM PDT by U-238

Korean Air on Tuesday made its first delivery of a rewired U.S. fighter plane from its Busan Tech Center under a $400 million order it won from the U.S. Air Force last September.

Under the deal, Korean Air will work on 60 F-15 fighters stationed in the Pacific region by 2016, replacing their tail wings and re-wiring them in line with the U.S. military’s project to improve its combat strength. Korean Air will also carry out maintenance work.

The airliner said it replaced some 15,000 Kepton wires used in the F-15 with more elastic Teflon wires and ran tests to make sure all systems work perfectly. The rewired F-15 fighter delivered on Tuesday also went through depot maintenance, according to Korean Air.

U.S. Department of Defense officials in charge of the contract management and the F-15 operating troops attended the delivery ceremony on Tuesday at the Busan Tech Center.

(Excerpt) Read more at koreaherald.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f15; koreanair; southkorea; usaf

1 posted on 03/20/2012 6:28:49 PM PDT by U-238
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To: F15Eagle

Ping


2 posted on 03/20/2012 6:30:46 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

They replaced red wires with led wires and green wires with gleen wires?

The white wires stay the same...


3 posted on 03/20/2012 6:34:20 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: freedumb2003

Talking about getting all wired up.


4 posted on 03/20/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT by U-238
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To: freedumb2003

5 posted on 03/20/2012 6:36:55 PM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: TheCause

That is so stolen! :)


6 posted on 03/20/2012 6:41:46 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: U-238

First time ever I can say I’m glad I’m not an F-15 jockey.... Korea: Land of the “almost right”


7 posted on 03/20/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: U-238

Sounds like those more elastic wires might have helped in those F-16 crashes from many years back where the harness was shorting out.

Obviously they addressed that long ago after finding out what had happened.


8 posted on 03/20/2012 6:44:41 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: U-238

journalists...

*Kapton...they are also not replacing Kapton wires with Teflon wires. They are replacing Kapton coated wires with Teflon coated wires. The wires are copper.


9 posted on 03/20/2012 6:44:41 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: Feckless

According to the article,Korean Air is the only Asia-Pacific depot for military aircraft. They have been doing this since 1983.


10 posted on 03/20/2012 6:45:59 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Why is this a Korean and not an American project.
Couldnt we use those jobs in America?


11 posted on 03/20/2012 6:46:07 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: U-238

I think it is still a crime to import a square, plumb bob, or level into Korea.....


12 posted on 03/20/2012 6:48:29 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Venturer; F15Eagle

There is also the 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Robins Air Force Base that re-wires F-15. Maybe its the length of time to re-wire an F-15.The rewire is a tedious, time-consuming, almost 200-day process that requires the jets to be stripped to their essence, their aluminum alloy fuselages laid bare. Engines and components are set aside for later reinstallation. Hydraulic lines are removed along with 95 percent of the switches and relays. Up to 8,000 man-hours and more than 3,000 actions are expended for each aircraft.

http://warnerrobinspatriot.com/view/full_story/7716978/article-F-15-rewire-will-give-new-life—safety-to-critical-national-resource


13 posted on 03/20/2012 6:55:01 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Feckless

I would not know.


14 posted on 03/20/2012 6:58:59 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Venturer
I think it is easier to fly the aircraft from Okinawa to Busan than to trans Pac them.

When I was stationed with the Navy in Japan we had a lot of depot level work done by a Japanese firm. They were really good, and literally stood by their work. When you went to get the airplane they would have their crew standing out at the airplane. On the flip side there were some depots in the U.S. that we were scared to pick up planes from.

15 posted on 03/20/2012 7:06:52 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Venturer

Silly rabbit,,, jobs are not for America!


16 posted on 03/20/2012 7:17:08 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Feckless
Korea: Land of the “almost right”

Cringing to think that that was my first thought, too. I hope we're proven wrong.

17 posted on 03/20/2012 7:26:38 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("Jihad" is Arabic for "Helter-Skelter", "bin Laden" is Arabic for "Manson".)
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To: USNBandit

I agree with you.


18 posted on 03/20/2012 7:58:11 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

The Japanese company at Atsugi used to also do work on CH-46s, which are some of the oldest, nastiest, most beat up things still flying. I’ve had a couple guys tell me stories about picking up 46’s from that company that flew clean or nearly clean on their first functional check flight. That is absolutely unheard of in that community.


19 posted on 03/20/2012 8:19:47 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: U-238
The airliner said it replaced some 15,000 Kepton wires used in the F-15 with more elastic Teflon wires [...]

If the wires were "Kepton," that would be a good thing, because we sure wouldn't want them to fall off!

Of course they might have meant "kapton," which is a good insulator for certain applications such as flex circuits. Replacing such wires with Teflon insulation might degrade their abrasion and cut resistance, unless either carefully dressed or augmented with a thin outer wrap of nylon, or....kapton.

20 posted on 03/20/2012 11:27:07 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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