|Name (Last, First Middle)||Faber, Larry E.|
|Branch at time of event||USAF|
|High School||Perry Hall Senior High School, Baltimore, MD|
|High School Activities||Baseball,Basketball,Soccer,StuCouncilRep,IndependentScientificResearch,AFROTC,NROTC,USNA Appointment|
|Post High School||None|
|Academic Degree Major||BS-History,USAFA-1973
|Active Duty Assignments||73: 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 Positions||93: FinPlannerUSAACapitalCo Annapolis MD;
01:Certified Financial Planner USAA San Antonio TX|
|Award Summary Information||On 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 Members||None|
|Aeronautical Speciality Rating||Command Pilot|
|Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & Awards||DFC,MSM(2),AM(5),AFCM,AFAM(3)
Outstanding Young Men of America-1977
Koren Kolligian Jr Trophy 1981
|Comments||Retired: USAF LtCol 1993|