Airmen from the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, watch as the parachute deploys and a box of humanitarian goods travels to the Yap Islands below during Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 14, 2010. Operation Christmas Drop is the Air Force's longest-running humanitarian which began in 1952. What started as a WB-50 aircrew returning to Guam on its final flight before Christmas has turned into the longest running humanitarian campaign in the history of the U.S. Air Force and the entire world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nichelle Anderson)

Boneal’s Critical Mission


United States Air Force

Customer Need:
Heavy duty roller assembly components for strategic military aircraft (C-130) delivered on an indefinite schedule.

Project Summary:
The Defense Logistics Agency awarded BONEAL a five-year contract to manufacture these heavy duty components for the United States Air Force. BONEAL’s engineering and custom manufacturing teams joined to produce the roller assemblies to the Air Force’s exacting standards. BONEAL submitted first articles to the DLA for inspection and approval. Delivery included complying with military standards for RFID labeling and allowing for surges associated with war time demands.

Eight C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Air Force Reserve Command's 911th Airlift Wing return home to Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Pa., after participating in Exercise Bold Effort July 14.  The purpose of this training exercise was to maintain unit proficiency in re-supplying ground forces during combat operations.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jamie Perry)

The C-130 is considered the most versatile transport aircraft ever built.

Result Summary:
BONEAL saved the Air Force over 10% in equipment costs, while helping to keep this vital aircraft on its mission during a time of war. The C-130 Hercules is a primary heavy transport aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, flying both military and peace time missions in virtually any conditions and environment. BONEAL met its goal of providing robust components, being agile in delivery, and saving the customer money.