The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Today’s something good is being in the right place at the right time.
Ian Simpson is a 56 year-old aviation enthusiast and former Boeing employee in England. The East Anglian resident, enjoys taking pictures of the planes at Royal Air Force Bases in his area, according to CNN.
On July 13, he was plane spotting at RAF Lakenheath (run by the US Air Force and home to the only F-15 fighter wing in Europe) when an F15-E Strike Eagle took off, fire and sparks coming from its engine. Ian listened to communications between the pilot and air traffic control to see what would happen. He started to worry when no one seemed to have noticed the problem. When he heard that the plane would be refueling over the North Sea, Ian realized the pilot didn’t know his plane had a problem.
So Ian googled the base number and called. He was connected with the flight operations center who contacted the pilot. When the pilot confirmed damage to his right motor, he and his wingman returned safely to the base.
Pilot Grant Thompson met with Ian a week later to thank him for his help. He gave Ian a legacy cap as a thank you. He also removed the fighter wing patch off his sleeve that he had been wearing the day of the flight and gave it to Ian. The base called that “quite a significant gesture”.
The 48th Fighter Wing praised Ian’s quick thinking. Captain Marie Ortiz, media operations for the 48th Fighter Wing, said, “The courage Ian displayed was next to none.”
Being in the right place at the right time with the right knowledge to save a life is a good thing. Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good.