Watchful eye keeps 'em in the sky

By 446th PAO on May 3, 2011

Tech. Sgt. Peter Terault, 446th Maintenance Squadron engine mechanic, checks a C-17 Globemaster III engine thrust reverser during a routine inspection at McChord Field. The thrust reversers divert an aircraft engine's exhaust so that the thrust produced is directed forward, rather than aft. This acts against the forward travel of the aircraft, providing deceleration, slowing the aircraft after touch-down which reduces wear on the brakes and allows for shorter landing distances. Sergeant Terault is also a full time engine mechanic in his civilian job here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Moody)