This Air Force Inspection Lab Looks Like Bath Time In Tron

This Air Force Inspection Lab Looks Like Bath Time in Tron

Image Cache: This looks more like some kind of rave than a military engineering facility, but you're actually looking at a rather colourful stage of aircraft inspection. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.

In the image, Staff Sergeant Joel Kelehar is washing a component from a KC-135 Stratotanker in what's known as a hydrophilic remover. So, why all the colour? Well, Kelehar is involved in the inspection of aeroplane components, a process which sometimes uses what are known as penetrants — fluorescent liquids used to penetrate cracks, pores and other surface defects — to spot flaws. The bath he's dunking the component in is actually used to remove the liquid, as a simple rinse of water isn't enough to shift it.

[US Air Force]

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