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This file considers the results of substantially lowering the time required to maneuver and service airplane elements on operation of the C-5 Galaxy airlift plane.

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5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. S. Air Force. It considers the effect of radically shortened spare-parts transportation and repair times on performance of the C-5 Galaxy airlift aircraft. Similar changes in the commercial manufacturing sector have been shown to improve supplier responsiveness and to significantly reduce in-process inventory requirements. 1 That model was reviewed by Air Mobility Command (AMC) and was validated by comparing simulated performance of the C-5 fleet under today's logistics infrastructure with historical performance as reported by AMC.

Major maintenance of aircraft and retail (that is, AMC-controlled) repair of parts are conducted at the home bases (Dover AFB and Travis AFB for AMC). In general, no repair capability is available for C-5 parts en route. As C-5 aircraft conduct their missions, en route maintenance is conducted opportunistically by the onboard crew chief, by local personnel (when qualified), or by mobile repair teams Page 10 dispatched from AMC locations. Supply support while en route comes from the FSL serving the geographic region in which the need arises.

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