Cars, buses and trains are some of the typical means of transportation for people to get to their destinations. Along the way, these vehicles need repairs or routine maintenance to keep them in good working condition. In the Air Force, a routine way of transportation is by airplane. However, unlike land vehicles, the aircraft at Yokota and Kadena Air Base, Japan, go to the 374th Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight phase docks to receive their maintenance.
Every 540 days, a C-130 Hercules or MC-130 Talon II enters the phase docks for an inspection and repairs. During the 14 to 16-day process, Airmen inspect the aircraft and fix any potential discrepancies.