Re-engining of the KC-135 Aircraft With Used Commercial Engines

PLRD-83-34: Published: Jan 27, 1983. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1983.

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GAO reviewed the Air Force's practice of refurbishing used engines in the KC-135 re-engining program to evaluate the criteria that the Air Force uses to determine the need for overhaul.

GAO found that the Air Force has neither recognized the economic life remaining in selected commercial engines nor taken full advantage of life-limiting parts before extensive refurbishment. Such refurbishment levels should be predetermined on a cost-effective basis in view of the Air Force's expected maintenance and overhaul capability, fleet size, flying hour programs, and any other relevant data.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should evaluate alternative rebuild levels which consider the remaining useful life of the engines.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force


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