Airmen from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 5th Maintenance Squadron prepare to lower a B-52H bomber from jack-stands at Minot AFB, N.D., May 7, 2009. They lifted the heavy-weight bomber via 21 jacks to repair a one-fourth inch crack discovered while the aircraft was deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam. It was a unique "jack and cradle" operation that required five months of coordination with B-52 maintainers and technicians at other B-52 bases and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.
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