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PersonID721150
Name (Last, First Middle)Coyle, Neal D,
Branch at time of eventUSAF
RankMajor
Graduation1972
SquadronCS 10
Home TownJacksonville
Home StateIL
High SchoolJacksonville High School. Jacksonville, IL.
High School ActivitiesBaseball. Wrestling, Natl Honor Soc, Sigma Pi Soc (Collage)
Post High SchoolIllinois College (1 Yr)
Academy ExperiencesSupt's list(8), Dean's List(3), Comm's List(3) Mech Engrng Club
Academic Degree MajorBS-Engr Mechanics USAFA 1972 MS-Hist/IntlRel CA State 1983
Active Duty Assignments1972P1tTng VanceAFB.1974Pit 716BmbSq KincheloeAFB, 1976SOS, 1977InstrPlt/AcftCmdr 77BmbSq EllsworthAFB, 1979TacWpnsOLegislativeLnDiv OSAF HqUSAF ,1980InstrPlt 93BmbWg CastleAFB,1983MA Hist/IntIRelations CAStColl,1984AirCSC,1984AirOpnsO LongRangePlanning HqUSAF,1986AFExchangeO StratConceptsGp OCNONavyStaff WADC,1987SqCmdrB52-G, 441BmbSq MatherAFB,1989DptyDir AdSys Rqmts,HqSAC, 1989DptyDir AdSysRqtms,HqSAC,1991AirWC,1991Dir USAFWargamingCen,MaxwellAFB,1993 Cmdr 990pnsMaintGp EllsworthAFB;1994 WgCmdr,99thWg, Ellsworth AFB,SD;1995DirPlans, 9thAF; Cmdr,609thPlansSq,CENTAF,ShawAFB,SC.
Civilian PositionsVice President, Coventry Health Care, Columbia SC; 03-05: Sales Director Humana Apopka FL; 99-03: Sales Manager Carolina Care Plan;
Award Year1983
Award Summary InformationMajor Coyle distinguished himself by his flawless performance under the stress of a critical B-52H inflight emergency in which a serious flight control imbalance occurred. During a touch-and-go landing, the right spoiler group became jammed in the fully extended position after the airbrakes were extended. As the aircraft began a rapidly accelerating movement to the right, Major Coyle applied left lateral and steering control inputs while checking engine instruments. With all eight engines operating normally and the aircraft rapidly moving toward the right side of the runway, he committed himself to flying the aircraft rather than abort. With full left lateral control and full left rudder at approximately 100 knots, Major Coyle applied full back pressure and advanced engines number 7 and 8, which stopped the aircraft motion to the right. After assessing aircraft controllability at a safe altitude and airspeed, he then executed an uneventful full stop landing. Major Coyle's superior airmanship during this emergency is credited with saving his aircraft and the lives of his 10-man crew.
Involved Crew MembersNone
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsLM(3),MSM(6),AM, AFCM(2),NavCM Jabara Award 1983
CommentsRetired Colonel, 1997
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