Sheppard Profile: A revamped hydraulics system better preparing airmen for their careers

WICHITA FALLS - Making sure aircraft controls, stay in control, is vital for hydraulic system specialists in the Air Force, and making sure airmen get the proper training to work on aircraft is also very important.

Without proper hydraulics, aircraft would not be able to run properly and a revamped hydraulics program is giving some airmen a better hands-on experience than they were getting before.

Before joining the Air Force, Airman Michael Manuel had no idea what it takes to put a plane in the air. 

He told us, "I walked into the recruiter's office and I talked to him and he said that hydraulics was an option, I looked into it and sounded like a great option." 

Since then, he's been learning everything from landing gear and brakes to weapons and flight controls on an aircraft he will someday operate on out in combat. 

Manuel said, "It's really amazing to have the equipment here to actually work on before we get there because we get that familiarization."

But training on this equipment is something new for the department. 

Aircraft Hydraulics Instructor, Matthew Chown added, "We brought in the bigger C-130's because we had these smaller T-38 fighter type aircraft but with working on those here, we'll never touch those in the actual field."

So, after his time at Sheppard, Instructor Chown returned as part of a team that changed the way this program was being taught, "We decided to change it and it took about over a year in development."

Chown also said this new course that offers training on the C-130 is better preparing airmen like Manuel for their future. 

Manuel continued to tell us, "If we didn't have the C-130 in this course, I wouldn't have the opportunity to work on the aircraft that's actually going to be at my base so it's pretty cool to have it here." 

Manuel said his next stop is Little Rock Air Force Base, a base where he will be working on hydraulics, mainly on aircraft like this C-130, an aircraft he's now familiar with because of his training at Sheppard. He said he's found his passion and he's better prepared for his career in the Air Force. 

Stay tuned for next weeks Sheppard Profile, as we take an inside look at Sheppard's military working dogs and how they keep the base safe.
 


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