Tech. Sgt. Daniel Caban, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands in front of an F-22 Raptor at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2019. Caban created Portable Magnetic Aircraft Covers, also known as PMAC, made of fibers that aim to protect the jet intakes from the elements and lower the need for maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Monica Roybal)
Air Force Tech Sgt. Daniel Caban doesn't fly the F-22 Raptor, but his soaring imagination could benefit the stealth fighter all the same.
A maintenance crew chief at Langley Air Force Base, Caban has developed a new way to shield intakes on Raptor jets parked on the ground. It utilizes a flexible cover ringed by a series of magnets that attach firmly to the aircraft.
Langley leaders like what they see. In fact, they want to stoke that innovative fire among more airmen.
Texas A&M, along with the Texas legislature, are throwing a major investment into Army Futures Command with a $130 million facility that aims to make A&M "the hypersonics research capital of the country," the university system said in a press release.
A U.S. Soldier with D Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, conducts routine maintenance on a AH-64 Apache helicopter on Aug. 29, 2018, at Katterbach Army Airfield in Ansbach, Germany. The Army continues to identify ways that existing technology could be employed or re-combined to produce better products at lower cost.(Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Charles Rosemond)
One of the recurring complaints about the military is that it doesn't take well to new ideas. By its very nature, the military has a structure that lends itself to ideas becoming orders from the top down.
The path of least resistance is certainly to shut up and color.
The window behind Tech. Sgt. Shawn Roberge’s computer at Fairchild Air Force Base reveals a shop arranged with metal fabrication machines and tools he uses to tinker with parts for an old KC-135 Stratotanker.