The contract (worth nearly US$2million) involved the overhaul and restoration of 33 protective aircraft shelters, used to house NATO F15 planes at the Suffolk base.

The service programme included changing bearings, seals, wire rope and rubber towing bells. New main control panels, wired at Demag’s Banbury facility, were supplied and fitted to drive the hoists. Remote electrical panels and emergency stops were also installed in each of the 33 hangars.

The company’s service team was also responsible for the maintenance and, where necessary, the repair of drive units, which control the opening and closing of the two main hangar doors, each weighing 80t.

Demag service technicians overhauled and, where required, replaced the trolleys on which two rear hangar doors, each weighing 2.5t, are mounted. The rear doors open to an exhaust evacuation chamber, which is used when plane engines are started whilst inside the hangar.

Pictures courtesy of the US Air Force.