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Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Witherly, Headquarters, Air Mobility Command C-17 evaluator loadmaster, Scott AFB, Ill.; Master Sgts. David Feaster and Elliott McClanahan, both 3rd Airlift Squadron loadmasters; listen to Justin Smoak, Samson Rope application engineering manager, Ferndale, Wash., talk about the construction of the winch cable Jan. 30, 2018 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 280-foot long steel cable currently used on C-17 Globemaster III aircraft winches weigh 80 pounds versus the proposed synthetic winch cable only weighing 14 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)


Dover helps AFRL make C-17s safer, lighter, more fuel efficient

Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Witherly, Headquarters, Air Mobility Command C-17 evaluator loadmaster, Scott AFB, Ill.; Master Sgts. David Feaster and Elliott McClanahan, both 3rd Airlift Squadron loadmasters; listen to Justin Smoak, Samson Rope application engineering manager, Ferndale, Wash., talk about the construction of the winch cable Jan. 30, 2018 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 280-foot long steel cable currently used on C-17 Globemaster III aircraft winches weigh 80 pounds versus the proposed synthetic winch cable only weighing 14 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

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