A shortage of military aircraft parts has grounded a significant portion of the Marine Corps’ aircraft. At the end of 2016, nearly 60% of their aircraft were considered temporarily non-mission capable due to a lack of parts to make them operational. Not only does this affect military readiness, it means there are not enough aircraft available for aviators to meet their flight hour goals, which is necessary for both proficiency and safety. The answer to the current parts shortage can be found in plastic manufacturing and fabrication companies.
Plastics were first used in airplanes during World War II to replace rubber components due to the shortage of many industrial materials. Plastic parts also made the aircraft lighter, extending flight ranges and helping them avoid radar detection. Since their first use, plastic military aircraft parts have evolved to become viable alternatives to traditional metal components. This is thanks to engineered plastics, such as:
At Reading Plastic, we have built exceptional plastic parts for every branch of the Armed Forces. We are compliant with aviation and Department of Defense standards, ensuring the military aircraft parts we produce will meet spec. For more information, call us today at 610-926-3245.
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