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Name (Last, First Middle)Faber, Larry E.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
SquadronCS 05
Home TownBradshaw
Home StateMD
High SchoolPerry Hall Senior High School, Baltimore, MD
High School ActivitiesBaseball,Basketball,Soccer,StuCouncilRep,IndependentScientificResearch,AFROTC,NROTC,USNA Appointment
Post High SchoolNone
Academy ExperiencesBaseball,SkiClub,AeroClub,AviationClub,SaddleClub
Academic Degree MajorBS-History,USAFA-1973 SOS(C) 1976 SOS(R)-1978 Hist,ChapmanCol-1977 PubAdmin,GoldenGateCol-1978 ACSC(C)-1980 MS,AeroSci,Embry-Riddle-1984 AFSC(R)-1987
Active Duty Assignments73: PltTng ColumbusAFB; 75: AcftCmdr 904ARefSq/StdnEvalPlt/MsnDevO 320BmbWg MatherAFB; 79: InstrPlt 9SRWg BealeAFB; 83: InstrPlt95RSq/C Stdn/Eval 17RcnWg AlconburyRAFStnUK; 87: AsstDir JointRcnCenUSCINCLANT NorfolkVA; 91: AirOpnsO/pilot1TFW Langley AFB
Civilian Positions93: FinPlannerUSAACapitalCo Annapolis MD; 01:Certified Financial Planner USAA San Antonio TX
Award Year1986
Award Summary InformationOn Feb. 20, 1985, three hours into an operational mission in the TR-1, Major Faber noticed a low frequency vibration of increasing intensity. Soon after, the engine revolutions per minute began to unwind. He made an attempt to keep the engine running by opening the bleed air valves and energizing the engine igniters. His pressure. suit inflated due to loss of cabin pressure and greatly impaired his dexterity. Major Faber managed to navigate toward Ramstein AB, West Germany, using the most basic instruments as provid¨ed by the battery under emergency power. Since flame-out landings are never attempted except as a last resort, he tried two more unsuccessful air starts at lower altitudes. After 30 minutes of unpowered flight at maximum glide airspeed, Major Faber found the airfield. With the field in sight, he lowered the gear manually while increasing the airspeed for one lst start attempt. Although the start was successful, he immediately elected to shut the engine down because of severe vibrations even though this meant no margin of error would be available in his flame-out pattern and no cooling air to his pressure suit. His flame-out approach was complicated by the heavy fuel weight of the airplane requiring a steeper than normal pattern. Realizing a much steeper glide path was needed, Major Faber adjusted his high-key entry to a higher than normal altitude. His judgement was perfect and the 360-degree pattern resulted in an excellent landing 1,000 feet past the runway threshold. All this was done without the benefit of a mobile control officer who normally gives altitude calls for landing because of the poor cockpit visibility and handling difficulties of the TR-1. Subsequent investigation revealed that major Faber's decision to land with the engine shut down saved the airplane from serious internal damage. Major Faber's excellentt aircraft knowledge, superior judgement and outstanding airmanship resulted in saving a high-value, critical national resource and prevented possible injury or death to himself.
Involved Crew MembersNone
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsDFC,MSM(2),AM(5),AFCM,AFAM(3) Outstanding Young Men of America-1977 Koren Kolligian Jr Trophy 1981 Jabara Award
CommentsRetired: USAF LtCol 1993
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