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Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, stands atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Airmen from the 5th MXS work around the clock to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, stands atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Airmen from the 5th MXS work around the clock to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airmen from the 5th Maintenance Squadron perform routine repairs atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Current engineering analyses show the B-52’s life span is projected to extend beyond the year 2040 with the help of skilled Airmen who keep them flying. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airmen from the 5th Maintenance Squadron perform routine repairs atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Current engineering analyses show the B-52’s life span is projected to extend beyond the year 2040 with the help of skilled Airmen who keep them flying. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, lifts a spoiler atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Scanlan must check the aircraft for foreign objects and debris after making repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, lifts a spoiler atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Scanlan must check the aircraft for foreign objects and debris after making repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters and Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, repair a spoiler atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Scanlan instructs Walters on how to patch cracked spoilers as a part of on-the-job training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters and Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, repair a spoiler atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Scanlan instructs Walters on how to patch cracked spoilers as a part of on-the-job training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters and Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, line up a spoiler patch atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Scanlan instructs Walters on how to patch cracked spoilers as a part of on-the-job training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters and Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, line up a spoiler patch atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Scanlan instructs Walters on how to patch cracked spoilers as a part of on-the-job training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Safety instructions adorn the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress parked at Dock 2 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. For more than 40 years, the B-52 has been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Safety instructions adorn the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress parked at Dock 2 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. For more than 40 years, the B-52 has been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, prepares to fasten a spoiler patch atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. The yellow sheet metal patches are riveted down to repair cracked spoilers on the B-52s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, prepares to fasten a spoiler patch atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. The yellow sheet metal patches are riveted down to repair cracked spoilers on the B-52s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, drills a rivet atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. The yellow sheet metal patches are riveted down to repair cracked spoilers on the B-52s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Anthony Walters, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, drills a rivet atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. The yellow sheet metal patches are riveted down to repair cracked spoilers on the B-52s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, inspects a patch on a spoiler atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Yellow sheet metal patches are riveted down to repair cracked spoilers on the B-52s.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Amanda Scanlan, 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, inspects a patch on a spoiler atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Yellow sheet metal patches are riveted down to repair cracked spoilers on the B-52s. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Airmen from the 5th Maintenance Squadron repair cracked spoilers atop the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress in Dock 2 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., August 2, 2016. Current engineering analyses show the B-52’s life span is projected to extend beyond the year 2040 with the help of skilled Airmen who keep them flying. (U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)