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AIR FORCE March 4, 2010
By FLTLT Eamon Hamilton
FRIENDS in need have been helped on
their way at RAAF Base Richmond.
During a routine task through the
base, a US Air Force (USAF) C-17A
suffered a flight control fault during pre-
take off checks on February 9.
While two USAF technicians travel-
ling with the aircraft set about diagnosing
the fault, C-17A manufacturer Boeing was
contacted to work a solution.
A Boeing Field Service representa-
tive at RAAF Base Amberley alerted
36SQN to the problem.
A team of 36SQN technicians and the
required C-17A spares were placed on a
routine 37SQN C-130 training task from
RAAF Base Amberley to Richmond.
As soon as they arrived on February 10,
they got to work helping the two USAF
technicians find the fault.
Warrant Officer Technical for 86WG
WOFF Shane Meloncelli said the 36SQN
technicians arrived long before a USAF
rescue party could have hoped to.
"It's a reciprocal arrangement where
we do everything we can do to help
each other out," WOFF Meloncelli said.
"When possible, RAAF C-17As will opt
to stay at fellow C-17A operating bases
The fault with the USAF C-17A at
Richmond was linked to the aircraft's
horizontal stabiliser trim tab.
A fix was found and the C-17A
returned to its task on February 13.
Previously the WOFF Engineering at
36SQN, WOFF Meloncelli said the global
support arrangement was built on Boeing's
technical expertise with the C-17A.
"The Boeing Field Service
Representative gives us a lot of advice
-- they've been working with the aircraft
for 15 years now and have a lot of expe-
rience to share with us," he said.
It's not the first time the reciprocal
arrangement has benefited a C-17A cus-
In early 2009, assistance from
36SQN at Amberley helped get C-17As
Helping mates out
from the USAF and Royal Air Force
back in the air.
The RAAF, in collaboration with the
Air Forces from the US, Britain, Canada
and New Zealand, formed the Air and
Space Interoperability Council as a
organisation specifically set up to enable
coalition partners to work together more
effectively. These examples of coalition
air forces working together to enhance
warfighting capability demonstrate the
effectiveness that this interoperability
A BIG JOB: Left, members
from 36SQN and US Air
Force in front of the C-17A
with maintenance issues
at RAAF Base Richmond.
From left, CPL Luke
Atkinson, WOFF Shane
Meloncelli, Master Sergeant
Doug Holsman, Staff
Sergeant Kevin Horowitz,
LAC Mark Williamson,
LAC Justin Boyle and
CPL John Romer. Above,
CPL Atkinson works in the
cockpit.Photos: LAC Michael Green
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