Maintainers are a jet's best friend

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Arthur, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team chief from Burgaw, N.C., uses a magnet to search for displaced metal fragments after replacing a weapon system on an U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft March 27, 2013. The weapon replacement takes place every 18 months to ensure all parts are clean and in working condition. Loose debris can damage the weapon system by jamming or destroying internal components. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Arthur, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team chief from Burgaw, N.C., uses a magnet to search for displaced metal fragments after replacing a weapon system on an U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft March 27, 2013. The weapon replacement takes place every 18 months to ensure all parts are clean and in working condition. Loose debris can damage the weapon system by jamming or destroying internal components. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Todd Hughes, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron inspection team member from Williamsport, Pa., secures the rivets on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft panel March 27, 2013. The panel replacement is part of a post-inspection process that takes place after the aircraft has been cleared by quality assurance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Todd Hughes, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron inspection team member from Williamsport, Pa., secures the rivets on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft panel March 27, 2013. The panel replacement is part of a post-inspection process that takes place after the aircraft has been cleared by quality assurance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Todd Hughes, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron inspection team member from Williamsport, Pa., reviews instructions for replacing panels on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft March 27, 2013. U.S. Air Force guidelines require Hughes to review the instructions prior to performing maintenance to be sure the aircraft is safe for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Todd Hughes, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron inspection team member from Williamsport, Pa., reviews instructions for replacing panels on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft March 27, 2013. U.S. Air Force guidelines require Hughes to review the instructions prior to performing maintenance to be sure the aircraft is safe for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Todd Hughes, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron inspection team member from Williamsport, Pa., places rivets on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft panel March 27, 2013. Technicians remove the panels to reveal the aircraft’s internal workings prior to beginning an inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Todd Hughes, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron inspection team member from Williamsport, Pa., places rivets on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft panel March 27, 2013. Technicians remove the panels to reveal the aircraft’s internal workings prior to beginning an inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)