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Prior to an Operation ENDURING FREEDOM sortie on the E-3 AWACS, the Flight Engineer discovered a serious flight control problem during his night preflight inspection. The right outboard spoilers were raised approximately 1 to 3 inches above the wing surface. A team of maintainers immediately began work to resolve the issue. They adjusted the control arms and checked the spoiler control cable rigging in accordance with E-3 Technical Orders. The team of technicians keenly discovered that one of the cables was improperly rigged and incorrectly routed for both spoilers and ailerons. The cable was wrapped around a phenolic block, literally sawing the block in half. This team worked together with Tinker AFB Depot engineers to resolve the problem in a safe and timely manner. The attention to detail and mission focus displayed by this dynamic team of airmen was crucial in identifying this problem before it became a mishap with the loss of an aircraft and more than 20 aircrew members.

SSgts Christian Williams, Eric McDonald and Charles Whalen, A1Cs David Heaps and Tyler Nicholl, 960th Airborne Air Control Sqn., 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
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Title Annotation:military safety
Publication:Combat Edge
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2003
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