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Aviation Maintenance Students Repairing 'Skin' of F-16 Fighter Jet

June 4, 2014 -- Students from CNM's Aviation Maintenance Technology Program are working this week to repair the exterior of an F-16 fighter jet as part of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s Operation Restoration project.
Aviation Maintenance Students Repairing 'Skin' of F-16 Fighter Jet

A student works on an F-16 fighter jet.

 

The aircraft is located outside the museum at its five-acre Heritage Park in Albuquerque. The F-16 needs major and minor skin repairs, which includes the removal of panels, followed by repairs of the panels or the installation of new panels. Several repair patches will be fabricated and formed to fit some damaged areas.

The students from CNM's Aviation Maintenance 2231 class will also remove and replace damaged fasteners. This Service Learning project allows the students to put the skills their learning at CNM to work in the field, while also serving the community through volunteer work.

The students will participate in a celebration and a reflection on their project on Friday at the museum.

Additionally, an in-class structured reflection and celebration will be held in their Advanced Technology Center classroom within the next few weeks, when the students will receive Service Learning Certificates of Completion.

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