A1C Michael Wilkins, a crew chief assigned to the 34th AMU, walks toward a sun shade after launching an F-35 Lightning II aircraft, number 5079, at Hill AFB on May 22, 2017. In addition to the sortie being the 3,000th in an operational F-35 at Hill AFB, it also turned out to be Wilkens’s first solo launch. [USAF photo by Paul Holcomb]
That sortie, and all others flown that day were carried out with the new version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System. Commonly called ALIS, it’s the F-35A’s information technology infrastructure.
The 3,000th sortie, with tail number 5079, was piloted by Lt. Col. Dave DeAngelis of the 419th FW.
Airman 1st Class Michael Wilkins, a crew chief assigned to the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, launched 5079. It was his first solo launch after arriving here a month ago.
“I didn’t even know I was doing it until today,” he said. “It’s a cool story for the first crew that you’ve done.”
Col. Michael Miles, the 388th Maintenance Group commander, praised the Airmen responsible for the achievements made in the F-35 program.
“Our Airmen are some of the best the Air Force has to offer,” he said. “The 388th and 419th Maintenance Group personnel are pushing the program forward by unlocking F-35 combat capability, gauging aircraft and equipment durability, and rapidly accomplishing F-35 weapons system training,” he said.
Operationally implementing the upgraded version of ALIS—ALIS 188.8.131.52—is another milestone for the Airmen working in the F-35 program at Hill AFB.
“The biggest improvement is the incorporation of the propulsion system within ALIS,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jory Cyr, the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit lead production superintendent. “This alleviates the need to have multiple products to manually track time change items and inspection times. This ALIS update combines air vehicle and propulsion system times in one location.”
Cyr said aircraft…