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Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Airman 1st Class Nnamdi Jenkins, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft metals technology apprentice, welds a hole closed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Nov. 1, 2017. Metals techicians have the capability to create components for aircraft and its support equipment as well as repairing parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Airman 1st Class Wesley Mclaury, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, smooths out the edges of a piece of metal at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 31, 2017. 2MXS sheet metals’ job is to repair the outer skin of the B-52 Stratofortress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Airman Mike Smith, 2nd Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight aircraft metals technology apprentice, uses a milling machine on a piece of metal at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 31, 2017. Metals technicians save the Air Force money by Fabricating non-procurable components for the B-52 Stratofortress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Airman 1st Class Nnamdi Jenkins, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft metals technology apprentice, uses a lathe to create a chess piece as practice at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 31, 2017. A lathe is used to remove material for cylindrical aircraft and equipment parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Senior Airmen Mitchell Rodgers and Juan Alverez, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, work on stripping paint from a tow bar at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Nov. 1, 2017. The tow bar was cracked in a few places and needed to be sealed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Senior Airman Mitchell Rodgers, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, applies paint stripper to a tow bar at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Nov. 1, 2017. The paint stripper will help Rodgers to remove the paint before the tow bar can be welded where it was cracked. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Staff Sgt. William Greenway, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft metals technology journeyman, welds metal together at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 1, 2017. Welding can be used to seal cracks or holes as well as connect pieces of metal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Airman Mike Smith, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft metals technology apprentice, grinds a piece of metal at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Nov. 1, 2017. Grinding wears off metal to make it smoother. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

Fabrication Flight: Masters of Metal

Airman Mike Smith, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft metals technology apprentice, grinds a piece of metal at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Nov. 1, 2017. Metals technicians have the capability to create components for aircraft and its support equipment as well as repairing parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Airman 1st Class Nnamdi Jenkins, 2nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft metals technology apprentice, welds a hole closed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Nov. 1, 2017. Metals techicians have the capability to create components for aircraft and its support equipment as well as repairing parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)