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An Airman looks at an aircraft part beside a black light. Finding potential mishaps before they happen: NDI Airmen
Gloved hands pull a vital aircraft component from glowing, toxic pools of chemically-laced liquid designed to reveal otherwise unseen dangers.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Davis, 19th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections journeyman, holds an inspected main landing wheel bolt at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. NDI Airmen find small cracks in aircraft parts by running them through multiple chemical baths and using black lights to illuminate the defects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron) Airmen conduct preventative MXS on C-130J fleet
Chemical tanks, conveyer belts and intricate machines linethe walls of the 19th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections shop. The lights are turned off as one ultraviolet light shines anew spectrum of colors to an NDI technician. Shades of purple, blue and neon-green light up the dark as theAirman searches for what the naked eye can’t see. 
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