The Oklahoma Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla., has started work on its first service life extension program F110 engine. It’s a $600 million effort that will make F-16 engines “more reliable and easier to maintain,” Col. Henry Gaudreau, commander of the ALC’s 448th Hawk Propulsion Sustainment Group, tells the Tinker Take Off. SLEP program manager Dana Grilley says the F110 engines that power the F-16 are showing wear and life design issues after more than 20 years of service. The SLEP will replace core engine parts with ones that are more durable and safer for the single-engine aircraft. The plan, adds Gilley, is “not just a piece by piece fix, but a whole engine fix.”
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.