The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., recently prepared 23 F/A-18C Hornets for a US Marine Corps refurbishment project a year ahead of schedule. The aircraft had been placed in war-reserve storage at Davis-Monthan, and the USMC had asked AMARG, which is part of Air Force Materiel Command, to dismantle the fighters and prepare them for shipping at a clip of nine aircraft in 2016, seven in 2017, and seven in 2018. But the six-person restoration team at AMARG developed procedures that allowed them to cut their productivity time in half and prepare all 23 Hornets a full year early. The first 16 aircraft have already been shipped to the Jacksonville, Fla., facility where Boeing will perform F/A-18C-plus upgrades. The final seven Hornets are packed up and ready for shipping, according to an Air Force press release.
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