Tech Sergeant Ryan E. Thompson invented the device about five years ago.
"The planes that we're working on were built in 1979-1980 and we've just expired there useful life of what they've imagined them to be" says Tech Sergeant Zachary Perry. He works on Barksdale Air Force Base.
The aircraft metals technologist works on parts for the A-10, a small, attack aircraft used for close ground support.
A small idea about five years ago has made a huge difference.
"The fixture that these guys designed and built is designed to repair the hole that this fits in" says Master Sergeant Kelly Watkins.
"We did it as a need for the Air Force because we had a plane that was broken" says TSgt. Perry.
It took a week to get the procedure approved.
It sounds pretty simple but takes a lot of tools and even more precision.
A stainless steel sleeve is frozen, shrunk and installed it into the aircraft.
The whole process can be done on bases across the country, taking just hours
instead of months.
It costs around $15,000 to repair the wing instead of $1.3 million dollars to replace an entire A-10 wing.