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Pilot safety: award of distinction.

After 2 hours of manual flying due to a malfunctioning autopilot and en route to an exercise reconnaissance orbit area at Flight Level 280, Capt Perrow and his cockpit crew noticed the number 2 engine "COMP HOT" light illuminate, indicating that one of the fire detector loops in the engine was being exposed to abnormally hot temperatures. There were no abnormal engine gage indications, so Capt Perrow retarded the number 2 throttle to idle in accordance with the aircraft's Dash 1 procedure and hacked the clock. Ninety seconds later, the "COMP HOT" light extinguished. Approximately 20 seconds after that, the light re-illuminated. Capt Perrow elected to immediately shut down the number-2 engine using checklist bold-face procedures. Since the autopilot had been malfunctioning during the flight, Capt Perrow assigned flying duties to the copilot while he completed the "Engine Fire/Failure During Flight" checklist. The crew declared an in-flight emergency with Air Traffic Control, coordinated to adjust gross weight by 20,000 pounds of fuel, and entered holding at Offutt AFB's Initial Approach Fix to discuss landing and go-around considerations. Weather conditions were marginal--the runway was wet and there was a 20-knot crosswind. After coordinating with wing leadership, Capt Perrow took control of the RC-135 aircraft and flew an instructor-quality ILS approach to a flawless full-stop landing.

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Capt Guy Perrow

38th Reconnaissance Squadron

55th Wing

Offutt AFB, Neb.
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Title Annotation:MONTHLY AWARD WINNERS - MAY
Author:Perrow, Guy
Publication:Combat Edge
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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