If that's the case then I'm a hero, not only for saving my own life but the crusty old RAF instructor too,
On my Grading down at Wallop in '96, on my pre-flight checks I noticed the fuel cap wasn't tight enough on the Port wing of the Chipmunk for my satisfaction.
The groundy (some snotty nosed civvie teenager) stolled over and tightened it.
Phew, my quick thinking action avoided a catastrophic and deadly air that could have killed thousands.
An alternative title could well be "Junior Officer Follows SOPs".
Could this be a slide into the US medal culture? The Mechanical Maintenance Medal (MMM or, in the currently favoured vernacular, M3) with clasps for "Preventative", "Reactive" and "Bodged with hammer and black nasty"?
**** me, I should have both of sides of my chest plastered in medals and citations. What with five girls and TSO I am permanently saving lives; from toast stuck and being removed from a live toaster with a knife, looking the wrong way when crossing the road on holiday and other stuff.....
I found a Land Rover with a leak once, then another and another and another. In fact they all leaked, did I get such praise? 'just drive the ******* thing or you'll be doing pokey drill until you're a hundred'. It's just so unfair.
Apparantly, the RAF Regt are fuming that this story broke on the same day that they were due to do a big commemorative piece celebrating the lifting of the barrier at KAF for the ten thousandth time...
I got a pat on the back for spotting the filler cap on a Gazelle gearbox was hanging off during start checks at Aldergrove. Got a Comd Avn "well done" certificate and everything as apparently it wasn't something us groundies were expected to check, being complete neanderthals and all that.