Flight line safety: award of distinction.
MSgt Morton led the development and implementation of protective
cover faceplates for the B-2 fire extinguishing control panel and
engine/APU control panel to prevent safety-of-flight incidents which
could result in the loss of an aircraft. These systems have been
inadvertently activated in-flight due to accidental switch depression,
leading to engine shutdowns. Within 2 days of the Flight Safety office
request to Research Engineering to investigate a solution to the
problem, MSgt Morton had prototype designs ready for review and
approval. His concept involved installing Plexiglas faceplates over the
panels to provide protection from accidental contact. The faceplate does
not cover the actual switches rather it provides a raised framework
around the buttons essentially recessing them while allowing for
positive access at all times for emergency use. He created detailed
three-dimensional computer-aided drawings and quickly arranged Metals
Tech support to locally manufacture the first article test faceplates.
Less than a week later they were available for safety team review and
demonstration on actual aircraft components. Once the final design was
confirmed, MSgt Morton coordinated certification testing at Tinker AFB and assisted in preparation of the proposal package to make the
faceplates a permanent modification to the B-2. He performed the first
aircraft installation as part of the time compliance technical order
(TCTO) evaluation for proper fit, function, and maintenance procedures.
MSgt Morton's tireless efforts resulted in the validation and
verification of TCTO 1B-2A-952 on 8 Mar 06, providing the B-2 and her
crew permanent protection from accidental engine shutdown.
MSgt Carl A. Morton
509th Maintenance Operations Squadron
509th Bomb Wing
Whiteman AFB, Mo.