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A QA representative must review and approve all products before the parts are used in any flight.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronald Stites, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, prepares an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine for a quality assurance inspection at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 28, 2018. A QA representative must review and approve all products before the parts are used in any flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

Dry ice is used to soften the metal around the HPT in order for it to fit in the core compressor which makes up the main component of the engine.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dustin Gaskins, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, prepares the high-pressure turbine of an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine to be placed upon dry ice at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 28, 2018. Dry ice is used to soften the metal around the HPT in order for it to fit in the core compressor which makes up the main component of the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

Dry ice is used to soften the metal around the HPT in order for it to fit in the core compressor which makes up the main component of the engine.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dustin Gaskins, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, prepares the high-pressure turbine of an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine to be placed upon dry ice at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 28, 2018. Dry ice is used to soften the metal around the HPT in order for it to fit in the core compressor which makes up the main component of the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

The 52nd MXS serves as the intermediate-level maintenance organization to provide safe and reliable maintenance to support the 52nd Fighter Wing and tenant units.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Maddox, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, tightens bolts on an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 28, 2018. The 52nd MXS serves as the intermediate-level maintenance organization to provide safe and reliable maintenance to support the 52nd Fighter Wing and tenant units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

The 52nd MXS serves as the intermediate-level maintenance organization to provide safe and reliable maintenance to support the 52nd Fighter Wing and tenant units.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Maddox, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, tightens bolts on an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 28, 2018. The 52nd MXS serves as the intermediate-level maintenance organization to provide safe and reliable maintenance to support the 52nd Fighter Wing and tenant units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

An F-16 engine is made up of different parts that are worked on by different sections in MXS then combined after completely being fixed.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Famous Roberts, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, uses a flashlight to inspect the engine of an F-16 Fighting Falcon before performing maintenance on it at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 28, 2018. An F-16 engine is made up of different parts that are worked on by different sections in MXS then combined after completely being fixed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

Paschal follows technical orders which gives step-by-step instructions on how to repair an F-16 engine.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Paschal, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, repairs an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 28, 2018. Paschal follows technical orders which gives step-by-step instructions on how to repair an F-16 engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

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