Aging Aircraft: USAF Workload and Material Consumption Life Cycle Patterns

Aging Aircraft: USAF Workload and Material Consumption Life Cycle Patterns

Aging Aircraft: USAF Workload and Material Consumption Life Cycle Patterns

Aging Aircraft: USAF Workload and Material Consumption Life Cycle Patterns

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Throughout the 1990s and into this century, the United States Air Force (USAF) has found it necessary to retain its aircraft fleets for unprecedentedly long service lives. Current plans forecast keeping portions of some existing fleets for as long as 80 years of service.

The safety, aircraft availability, and cost implications of that fleetretention policy are unknown. Project AIR FORCE's Aging Aircraft Project is conducting a wide range of studies to improve the Air Force's ability to foresee those implications and identify actions that will mitigate or avoid some of the more severe consequences.

This study measures how the USAF aircraft fleets' ages relate to maintenance and modification workloads and material consumption. It will provide the foundation for future estimates of the effects of those activities on maintenance-resource requirements, aircraft availability, and annual operating costs. Thus, it should be of interest to force planners, maintenance production planners, maintenance policy analysts, system program directors, and logistics and cost analysts.

Planners can use the empirical and analytic results in this report to forecast how workloads and costs may grow in both the near term and long term. System program directors can use those results to gain an integrated perspective of the end-to-end resource and budget implications for their weapon systems. Logistics and cost analysts should be interested in how this analysis dealt with the wide range of confounding factors that may affect the measurement of age-related workload growth and in the way in which different pat-

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