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Service before self: Avionics technician saves time, money with F-16 innovations

Pictured on the right is a sniper pod stand designed by Senior Airman Christopher Caruso, an avionics technician with the 555th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The stand allows maintainer to connect the sniper pod to an F-16 Fighting Falcon without having to mount it to the aircraft and perform the necessary steps to test its functionality. Pictured on the left is a common wheeled platform used to transport a sniper pod. While still used to transport sniper pods, maintainers are unable to test a sniper pod on it or conduct maintenance. This innovation saves man-hours and money because of the amount of time it takes to mount the sniper pod to the aircraft. If, after the ops checks, there are still problems with the sniper pod, it would have to be unmounted and fixed. The stand allows maintainers to test and fix the sniper pod without moving it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier
VIRIN: 170909-F-KN424-1209.JPG
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