On March 5, the Air Force directed mandatory field inspections of its fleet of older C-130 Hercules transports after technicians at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center found wing joint nut cracks in an aircraft undergoing routine depot maintenance. Field units were told to inspect and replace any cracked nuts. The service's newest Hercules, the C-130J models, are not included in the order. The service also exempted C-130s currently in use in Southwest Asia operations. Here, MSgt. Blake Martelle, of 192nd Expeditionary Aircraft Squadron, checks the engines of a C-130H aircraft during pre-flight inspections on Ali Air Base, Iraq, July 14, 2007.
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