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The F/A-18 Hornet has been used by the Marine Corps for nearly three decades. Over time, parts and pieces of the aircraft begin to corrode, which can cause performance degradation.
Marines and civilians with the Corrosion Control Facility perform routine inspections and maintenance to ensure corrosion is minimized.
Both Marines and civilians with the Corrosion Control Facility go through extensive training to learn how to identify, treat and prevent various typesof corrosion.
“There is a huge foundation of knowledge amongst the Marines and civilians here,”said Daniel Woody, Defense Service Support site/team lead at the corrosion control facility.
Marinesare on a six month rotation schedule to and from the Corrosion Control Facility. Operational level airframe maintenance technicians rotate from the squadrons to the CCF where they receive training in corrosion control.
Corrosionis the gradual destruction of material, usually metals, by chemical reaction with its environment.
“Itis impossible to completely prevent corrosion,” said Woody. “It is a natural process that will take place no matter what. However, what we can do is slow it down as much as possible.”
The two methods primarily used to prevent corrosion are top coatpaints and corrosion prevention compound. Corrosion prevention compound is a resin that dries hard and can only be removed if more of it is applied.
“It is very effective in the environment in which pilots fly,”said Woody. “The climate down here is very humid and salty, and is perfect for corrosion to occur.”
“We are here to make the F/A-18 Hornet last longer than it was supposed to, “said Woody. “The program is extremely effective in reducing maintenance costs and keeping the aircraft in the sky.”