Soon after posting into No. 36 Squadron, Corporal Kelvin Green noticed a problem with the C-17A Globemaster’s paint.
“I look at every aircraft in detail – I can spot a repair and can tell if paint is not going to last,” he said.
Corporal Green noticed paint was delaminating about three months after returning from a full repaint in the United States, instead of lasting five to seven years.
When he realised this was causing an increasing workload, Corporal Green wrote a defect report including how to rectify the problem.
Boeing sent a team of scientists and engineers to inspect the aircraft and test Corporal Green’s theories.
“It turns out I was correct,” he said.
“They took their findings back and made significant changes.”
No. 86 Wing sent Corporal Green to the United States to inspect the first Royal Australian Air Force C-17A painted after the changes.
“It was great to see my report on display for all Boeing’s aircraft surface finishers to see,” he said.