Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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Interesting info from Lakenheath:
A plane spotter who alerted an airbase to a jet "malfunction" averted a potential disaster, its pilot said.

Ian Simpson called RAF Lakenheath after seeing flames and sparks come out of Maj Grant Thompson's F-15E Strike Eagle on take-off.

Photographer Mr Simpson regularly watches jets take off from the United States Air Force base in Suffolk.

The pilot said Mr Simpson's quick actions had "100%" saved his life, adding: "His initiative was awesome."
Full story with photos:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-57927801

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Re: Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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I'm seriously concerned that the pilot, and indeed the multi-million dollar aircraft, were unable to spot such a serious issue that required s spotter on the ground to report it!

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Re: Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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Nice story and and bit of good PR from the LN Lads.
Cheers

George

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Re: Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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cg_341 wrote:
Thu 22 Jul 2021, 11:24 pm
I'm seriously concerned that the pilot, and indeed the multi-million dollar aircraft, were unable to spot such a serious issue that required s spotter on the ground to report it!
You're seriously concerned that a pilot didn't spot something that was several metres directly behind his head??
As for the plane, I'm guessing unless it was causing a temperature, hydraulic or electrical issue it would likely have gone unnoticed but I'm sure others with more knowledge will be able to chip in.

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Re: Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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They do have mirrors in the Pit!
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Re: Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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Saved his life LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like an ejection had it come to that wouldn't have been the thing to save his life.

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