Crew chiefs keep A-10s soaring

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a flight control check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II Feb. 9 on the flightline. If flight controls are necessary for the aircraft to function properly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a flight control check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II Feb. 9 on the flightline. If flight controls are necessary for the aircraft to function properly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, speaks with an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, via communications cord Feb. 9 on the flightline. The communications cord allows pilots and ground crew to communicate during pre-flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, speaks with an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, via communications cord Feb. 9 on the flightline. The communications cord allows pilots and ground crew to communicate during pre-flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a final check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to launch Feb. 9 on the flightline. Final checks ensure no leaks are overlooked and items on the aircraft are secure. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a final check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to launch Feb. 9 on the flightline. Final checks ensure no leaks are overlooked and items on the aircraft are secure. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshalls an A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to launch Feb. 9 on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Airman 1st Class Savon Scales, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshalls an A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to launch Feb. 9 on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson)