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Military Aircraft

Keeping Our Military Aircraft Flying

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3M means mission-ready.

For decades, the men and women charged with the mission readiness of our nation’s military aircraft have relied on thousands of 3M products to keep them flying, wherever they stand guard.

At 45,000 feet, performance and safety are foremost when you’re flying into harm’s way. Our job is to design and craft the high-quality, ruggedized products you depend on to support your mission. And help bring our pilots home safely.

Our commitment to improving the lives of those who serve our country is forged in 3M’s values and a culture of employees who abide by a unwavering ethical code. The bottom line: We have your back.

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Supporting the Aircraft’s Full Life Cycle

3M helps reduce downtime and operational costs.

Throughout the aircraft’s life cycle, you can leverage a broad and deep line of 3M militarized solutions that help reduce aircraft downtime and operational costs.

From design and manufacturing to sustainment, and preservation, 3M scientists have engineered hundreds of specialized products built to survive the harshest conditions, wherever you’re deployed.

Explore our unparalleled selection of mission-ready products designed for every aircraft life cycle.


Aircraft Design and Manufacturing

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    Best-in-class products for the world’s best aircraft.

    Military aircraft designers and manufacturers turn to innovative 3M products throughout the design and manufacturing life cycle. Designers, for instance, choose 3M technology for impact protection, rotor blade protection, corrosion protection, surface protection and temporary surface protection.

    Not all product offerings below are applicable to Aircrafts, but you may find the general information for these solutions helpful during your research. For complete descriptions of every 3M product supporting the aircraft design and manufacturing life cycle, explore the links below:

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

  • For flightline applications

    Clean fire suppression.
    Environmentally sustainable.
    Simplified operations.

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a highly-effective clean extinguishing agent, designed to replace non-sustainable halons, HFCs and HCFCs. With zero ozone depletion potential, a global warming potential of less than one and a short atmospheric lifetime, Novec 1230 fluid has an environmental profile that does not compromise its future availability.

    Learn more (PDF, 167 KB)

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Keep ’em Flying.

From corrosion protection that stops sand and water from penetrating microcracks and crevices to rebuilding and repainting products, 3M has a broad range of high-quality products designed to keep our aircraft in the air—mission-ready.

Explore them all in these categories: Pre-dock Cleaning, Repair, Disassemble & Inspecation and Rebuilding & Repainting.


Aircraft Preservation

  • Military Airplane Regeneration

    We help get them flying. Again.

    The USAF 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG)— aka The Boneyard—is home to thousands of military aircraft, where some, every year get reinstated. To protect these planes and helicopters from the sun, wind, rain and sand, technicians leverage scores of 3M products.

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Worker Safety & Protection

  • Military Mechanic Safety

    No matter where you’re stationed, chances are there’s a tool chest of 3M safety and protection gear nearby. Our engineers create the world’s best protection equipment in several categories: respiratory, eye, head and face, hearing and fall.

    Technicians working on military aircraft throughout the life cycle depend on 3M safety and protection equipment every day and night to perform flawlessly.

    Explore all of our worker safety and protection equipment

  • Not all product offerings are applicable, but you may find the general information for these solutions helpful during your research.
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