CH-47/AH-64/HH/UH-60A/L/M Aircraft …Use The Right Aircraft Tire Cage

Filling your cup to the brim with java is a good start to the day. But filling your aircraft tires to the rim without following all the WARNINGS and information in your specific aircraft TM and your unit’s SOP to inflate and service aircraft tires could cost you a limb or your life.

The Black Hawk and the AH-64 aircraft should only use the red tire cage, NSN 4920-01-545-0763, PN SK2000TC-6. This cage is for on-aircraft servicing of the main and tail landing gear tires. Make sure you follow the instructions that come with the cage because it is not in the TMs. This cage is not in your aviation shop sets, so units will have to cough up a whopping $2,776.00 to purchase one.

For the Chinook aircraft, an on-aircraft tire cage is not yet available but is in the works. So follow whatever instructions your TM gives you on servicing tires. If your TM or any of the airframe TMs reference Chapter 5, Special Instructions Peculiar To Army Operations of TM 55-2620-200-24, for servicing tires, keep in mind that the tire cage, NSN 4910–01-459-7080, is only used for tire buildup and cannot be used while the wheel is installed on the aircraft.

Do not use aircraft tire cages for vehicles or ground support equipment tires. Also, do not use vehicle tire cages for aircraft tires. They are not authorized. If you have the DOL UH-60 mobile yellow tire cage with bead breaker in your hangars, it is for tire buildup only with the tires off the aircraft. Check your unit SOP on how to use this cage. There is no TM support for it.

Always follow whatever instructions your TMs have and never take shortcuts with tire inflation or tire cages. That way, your aircraft will not suffer damage and you won’t lose life or limb.

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