You know there were times we had parts come in through supply that did not fit the airplane, were not talking once or twice it was a literal roll of
the dice to see if we could use the parts we did manage to get.
The retirement of this plane cant come fast enough for me.
Yesterday, at Dyess, Air Force Strike Command presented Maj. Christopher N. Duhon, instructor pilot, Capt. Matthew Sutton, Weapons system officer
instructor, 1st Lt. Joseph Welch, student pilot, and 1st Lt. Thomas C. Ahearn, a student Weapons System Officer at the time with the Distinguished
Flying Cross for their actions during the in flight emergency on May 1st.
The aircraft at Midland is 86-109. In an interesting turn of events, I just took pictures of 86-110 flying as Slayer1, landing at Dyess just after
declaring an emergency. In the words of the pilot they were going to need fire support because they were probably going to burn the brakes up
stopping, but should be able to taxi off the runway.
A portion of the ejection seat was crimped, most likely through deformation of parts around it. When the handles on the seat were pulled, the signal
never reached the activator. A secondary method to activate the seats was found, which is why the grounding was lifted. They're working on a T.O.
change now to fix the issue.
Possibly a bad sign for the repair effort. We went by last Friday, and the hangar was wide open, as it had been for about the last month. There was
another B-1 parked at the other end of the airport. Tuesday afternoon, the hangar doors were closed up tight against the aircraft. The only time I've
seen that recently was when they weren't working on the aircraft.
The aircraft was set to leave Midland either today, or tomorrow, depending on results of the Dash 1 checks. It will fly straight to Tinker, and go
into the Depot. The flight will be made on three engines, with the wings locked in place, and the gear down the entire flight. They will have
limited systems availability, including radar.
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