Airmen certified for F-35 engine runs

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The first enlisted airmen are getting qualified to run the engines of their F-35s as part of the jets’ normal maintenance, the Air Force said yesterday. Crews sometimes need to run an aircraft’s engines while it’s parked on the ground to check the repairs they’ve just done, and that means getting into the cockpit and powering up much like a pilot does. “The accomplishment is yet another milestone toward organic maintenance capability, which reduces the need to rely on outside agencies,” the Air Force said in an official story.

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