Crew chief safety. (Monthly Award Winners).
On Jan. 14, 2003, as a member of 12th Air Force's Viper West Demonstration Team, SrA McClain was performing the final walk-around inspection prior to launching an F-16CG from its parking location. During the inspection, he discovered a bolt protruding through a drain hole in the engine exhaust nozzle fairing (panel 4409). He immediately notified the pilot to shut down the engine and recommended the pilot abort the sortie. Following aircraft shut down, SrA McClain began investigating the origin of the bolt. Upon completion of a thorough inspection of the engine and engine bay, it was verified the bolt belonged to the hydraulic pump of an engine currently in the propulsion flight. The engine in back shop repair was removed from this F-16CG the week prior to this occurrence. SrA McClain's close attention to detail and positive actions prevented the aircraft from launching with a loose bolt in the engine bay, potentially causing serious damage to the engine and engine bay components, and possible loss of a 28 million-dollar combat aircraft and an invaluable pilot member. His actions additionally highlighted a previously undetected condition on the engine in the propulsion flight, helping to ensure a completely serviceable engine upon repair completion.
SrA Matthew L. McClain, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Sqn., 388th Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
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|Date:||Jun 1, 2003|
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