Marines Raid Museums For Parts!
The Marines fly some of the oldest fighter planes in the military thanks in part to their advocacy of the F-35. Recently personnel from MCAS Beaufort went to a museum for a scavenger hunt to look for a part they needed for one of their aging flyable F/A-18 Hornets.
The part was no longer manufactured and was not available even after searching the retired planes on base. The search was on to find the parts. According to Popular Mechanics, "A Lt. Colonel visiting the USS Yorktown (a retired aircraft carrier part of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum) in nearby Charleston noted a similar vintage F/A-18A on deck and informed the Beaufort contingent about it."
The part the Marines have been looking for was the left nose landing gear door hinge. According to the story, they were able to find the door but it did not work. For more details on the scavenger hunt and what happened visit Popular Mechanics for the full story. For a heated debate about the government vs the military visit Military Times.