Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company-Georgia (LASC-G) has developed a C-141 Force Management Program to assist the Air Force C-141 Program Manager in defining effective overall force management actions that support the usage and service-life goals for the weapon system. Its intended use is to manage the aircraft force in the field, but the concept could also be applied earlier in the life cycle.
The program contains all the tasks that, when appropriately prioritized and implemented, will provide a pro-active approach to sustaining the integrity of the structural and functional systems of the aircraft. The tasks address all aspects of force management. They are presented in a schedule that looks forward at least five years. The tasks are grouped into structural, functional, corrosion control, and supportability discipline areas. The data can be formatted, scheduled, and automatically updated by the computer as desired by the user.
This Force Management Program could be a very effective system to help the Air Force manage the extended service-life of the 270 C-141 aircraft in the field. However, it has not been successful due to the lack of field data needed to drive the system. Report forms to be filled out by Air Force maintenance and inspection personnel are available, but their use by field personnel has been limited by problems including delays in disseminating the necessary technical orders requiring their use. This lack of consistent reliable field data is a problem in most deployed systems.