DynCorp International has helped NASAÂ rebuildÂ the WB-57Â aircraft as part of the agency’s Aircraft Maintenance Operational Support programÂ in a move to revive the planeÂ 40 years ofÂ extended storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.
DynCorp said Thursday that the team worked with mechanics, engineers, logisticians and other specialists as they reconstructed the aircraftÂ –Â now known as N927Â –Â and addressedÂ issues over the required parts and other components.
The company noted that N927 will feature modificationsÂ that aim to enableÂ long-endurance flights at higher altitudes, compared to the original version.
“The pride that every member of the DI/NASA team took in rebuilding this aircraft was evident in the final product. It barely resembled the weather-beaten hulk that was pulled from the Arizona desert,” said Tom Parent, a WB-57 pilot at DynCorp.
NASA is now exploring several payload options for the N927.