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Photos: Rebuilding the Bone, one piece at a time

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, marks the dimensions of a sheet of metal that will replace a portion of a B-1B engine cowling door March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.  Each cut must be precisely done or the part will not fit correctly and could potentially separate in flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, marks the dimensions of a sheet of metal that will replace a portion of a B-1B engine cowling door March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Each cut must be precisely done or the part will not fit correctly and could potentially separate in flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, trims a section of metal for a B-1B Lancer with a side angle grinder March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Aircraft structural maintenance specialists inspect, repair and replace various damaged parts for the B-1B Lancer and the C-130J Super Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, trims a section of metal for a B-1B Lancer with a side angle grinder March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Aircraft structural maintenance specialists inspect, repair and replace various damaged parts for the B-1B Lancer and the C-130J Super Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, trims a section of stainless steel with a pneumatic side angle grinder, which will be used to repair a B-1B Lancer engine cowling door March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Due to companies no longer manufacturing many of the parts that make up the B-1B Lancer, the 7th EMS must fabricate their own. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, trims a section of stainless steel with a pneumatic side angle grinder, which will be used to repair a B-1B Lancer engine cowling door March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Due to companies no longer manufacturing many of the parts that make up the B-1B Lancer, the 7th EMS must fabricate their own. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, repairs a section of a B-1B Lancer cowling door March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. By cutting out this portion of the cowling door and replacing it, the Air Force saved $505,000 in supply procurement costs by not having to buy a completely new door. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, repairs a section of a B-1B Lancer cowling door March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. By cutting out this portion of the cowling door and replacing it, the Air Force saved $505,000 in supply procurement costs by not having to buy a completely new door. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S.  Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, installs rivets in a cowling door from a B-1B Lancer March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.  Each rivet must be precisely installed to ensure the two surfaces stay together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, installs rivets in a cowling door from a B-1B Lancer March 26, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Each rivet must be precisely installed to ensure the two surfaces stay together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez/Released)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Airman 1st Class Joshua Elkins, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, refabricates a portion of a B-1B Lancer cowling door here March 26.

The 7th EMS repairs and replaces various damaged parts of the B-1B, saving the Air Force millions of dollars each year.

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